Russia's Mercury City is now Europe's tallest skyscraper

The Shard in London became Europe's tallest skyscraper back in July and now, on November 1, Moscow's Mercury City Tower topped out and stole the coveted position by a mere 95 feet (1,112 feet compared to The Shard's 1,017 feet). Moscow is already home to the largest number of highrises in Europe and Mercury City joins four other buildings in Russia to make up half of the ten tallest on the continent.

The tower was designed by Russian architect Mikhail Posokhin and the late American architect Frank Williams and will be inaugurated in early 2013. However, Russia's Federation Tower — which began construction in 2003 and is scheduled to be completed next year — will quickly claim the spot for tallest building in Europe at 1,660 feet.

Europe's skyscrapers are still on the small side compared to other continents. Dubai's Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest building at a whopping 2,716.5 feet and Jeddah's Kingdom Tower will stand at more than 3,280 feet when complete. There are also a number of skyscrapers being constructed in China right now, from the Ping An Finance Center (it will be the largest skyscraper in the country at 2,165 feet) to the Shanghai Tower (2,073 feet).

Check 'em all out in the gallery for some beautiful designs.

Via Dezeen

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