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Crystal Island by Foster + Partners

Project: Crystal Island
Location: Moscow, Russia, 2006
Designed by Foster + Partners
Conceived as a city in microcosm, Crystal Island is an unprecedented, compact and diverse urban quarter. Situated on the Nagatino Peninsula, edged by the Moscow River, it is located only 7.5 km from the Kremlin. Rising from a large public square, the entire development is enclosed within a vast tent-like superstructure, with one of the tallest inhabited buildings in the world at its heart. More under the cut:

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