Gazprom, the giant Russian oil company, secures approval to build the tallest, "greenest" tower in Europe, in the heart of St. Petersburg. Some say it'll be "monstrous." It'll also be a 77-story middle-finger to the low-carbon movement.
Gazprom, the Russian oil company, has just secured final approval to build a new, 77-story headquarters right in the heart of St. Petersburg. And no one, it seems, is happy about that.
The sharpest criticism so far is that the tower, designed by Rmjm, has exactly no relation to the famously beautiful, low-slung city around it. (The city's current tallest building, the Peter and Paul
Cathedral, is just 400 feet high.) According to Time, the U.N. has already said that the tower might threaten central St Petersburg's designation as a World Heritage site. A reported 66% of city residents oppose the plan.
But none of that opposition compares to the looming power of Gazprom--this was,