World's Biggest Building Coming To Moscow: Looks Like It Will Be Christmas Year-Round

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Christmas may be over, but if designer Sir Norman Foster has his way, everyone in Moscow will be staring at a 1500-ft-tall, 27 million square foot, $4 billion dollar Christmas tree every day of the year. The structure, dubbed "Crystal Island," is being described as a "city within a building" and will feature 900 apartments, 3000 hotel rooms, an international school for 500 students, cinemas, a theater, a sports complex and more.

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And because the developers are obviously all about being economical and eco-friendly, the building will generate electricity using exterior solar panels and wind turbines. It will also save money on heating using dynamic enclosure panels that can be adjusted to allow sunlight to enter deep into the structure. I'm sure that will offset the rage that many locals would feel if this ridiculous behemoth actually made it from concept to reality—which could come as early as 2012-13 [Times via Inhabitat]

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m4ximusprim3
m4ximusprim3

Is it me, or are we americans just totally slacking on the whole "giant building" craze. First the Philipines, then Dubai, now this.

Can't we at least have a concept for something crazy, even if it will never come to fruition. How about encasing new york in a giant carbon fiber bubble?