Koolhaas petitions Russia’s Putin over Soviet-era tower

Shukov

A group of the world’s top architects are petitioning Russian president Vladimir Putin to save Moscow’s Shukov Radio Tower – designed to spread the Communist creed in 1922 – from demolition.

They include  Pritzker Prize winner Rem Koolhaas and Burj Khalifa engineer William Baker.

The 1920s structure was designed by Vladimir Shukhov, who supporters call “the Russian equivalent of Gustave Eiffel”.

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In February it was decided that the 160m tower would be dismantled after falling into a state of disrepair.

The petition, led by Shukhov’s great-grandson, maintains that the tower shows signs of neglect but is not in a dangerous state. Instead the group is campaigning for it to be nominated for the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The Shukhov Radio Tower was completed in 1922 and was designed to facilitate the spread of Communism in the early Soviet era. The historic structure has inspired architects and designers from Lord Norman Foster to Le Corbusier.

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