At some point, Russian officials decided that Moscow needs skyscrapers too. Just like everybody else. In a typical Russian style, it had been ordered to build them all at once. What is really amazing, though, money appropriated for the project had not been stolen, and four years later Moscow City is actually ready for business. Things do change, I guess...
landscape format for high-rise buildings = nonstandard view = alienation
exposed navel = symbol for the self-image of the business and financial center as omphalos of the country
woman and her gesture = personification of the city, meaning: 'money is sexy' and 'we do everything for money'
wonderful shot and compo
Thanks for sharing
I was at Moscow City in late 2008 when all the troubles were manifesting themselves in financial markets. It was worrisome for the developers like Enka whether the tenants were going to come. I visited one of the first completed building that had signed up Lehmann Brothers as anchor tenant - OUCH!
Good to see things have changed for the better judging from your images and comments.