Empire (skyscraper)

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Imperia Tower 20th October 2012.JPG
Former names Imperia Tower
Alternative names Aqua City Palace
General information
Status Stage 1: Complete
Stage 2: Under construction
Type Mixed-use
Architectural style Post-modernism
Location Moscow International Business Center, Moscow, Russia
Coordinates 55°44′51″N 37°32′27″E / 55.74750°N 37.54083°E / 55.74750; 37.54083Coordinates: 55°44′51″N 37°32′27″E / 55.74750°N 37.54083°E / 55.74750; 37.54083
Construction started Stage 1: 2003, 2006 (re-start)
Stage 2: 2013
Completed Stage 1: 2011
Stage 2: 2018
Cost US$300 million
Owner Oleg Malis
Roof Stage 1: 239 m (784 ft)
Stage 2: 53 m (174 ft)
Technical details
Floor count Stage 1: 60
Stage 2: 14
Floor area 287,723 m2 (3,097,020 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators Stage 1: 30
Design and construction
Architect Enka Design
Developer GDO Group
MOS City Group
Structural engineer Arup
Main contractor Enka Insaat ve Sanayi A.S.

Empire (Russian: Империя, tr. Imperiya), formerly the Imperia Tower, is a complex located on plot 4 of the Moscow International Business Center in Moscow, Russia. The 287,723 square metres (3,097,020 sq ft) mixed-use complex includes a completed 60-story skyscraper with a height of 239 metres (784 ft) and a 14-story building with a height of 53 metres (174 ft) that is currently under construction. Construction of the skyscraper started from 2001 to 2002, but halted in 2003 until it was resumed in 2006 and was completed in 2011, the 14-story building started construction in 2013 and is planned to be finished by 2018.[1][2][3][4][5]


Construction of the Imperia Tower started from 2001 to 2002, but halted in 2003 due to financial problems. Construction resumed in 2006.[1][2][3]

On November 22, 2011, Vladimir Resin, the first deputy mayor of Moscow, opened and commissioned the Imperia Tower to the public.[4]

Construction of the second stage of the Empire complex, a 14-story building, began in 2013 and is planned to finish by 2018.[5]



The Empire complex is to serve as mixed-use development, providing 192 apartments, office space, 292 hotel rooms, and a fitness center; in addition, the complex also has 1,500 parking spaces for residents, tourists, and workers. Empire also has two escalators and thirty elevators.[2][3]


The main materials that make up the Empire complex are glass, steel, and reinforced concrete,[1] the plot the complex is built on has a total area of 310,200 square metres (3,339,000 sq ft) while the space of the plot used to build the complex has a total area of 287,723 square metres (3,097,020 sq ft). The skyscraper of the complex has a height of 239 metres (784 ft).[2][3]



Conflicts arose between the investors and developers of the construction of the Empire complex; in early 2012, the company CJSC Fleyner-City, owned by investor Pavel Fuchs, refused to participate in the joint construction of Imperia Tower with the private offshore Cypriot company Filtrand Properties Ltd., owned by Oleg Grankin, due to inadequate financing of construction by the investor. As a result, on May 28, 2012, Filtrand Properties Ltd. filed an application with the Arbitration Court of Moscow against CJSC Fleyner-City about the recognition of the unilateral refusal of the investing company from this agreement. As a result, after the judicial confrontation the parties on December 29, 2012 signed an agreement, according to which both companies had to transfer more than 20 thousand square meters to the skyscraper.[6]

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