Like every huge capital, Moscow has some buildings that seem (or seemed) to remain unfinished forever.Moskva Agency
A foundation pit surely looks impressive - by now, however, it's all you can see on this ambitious construction site.Sergei Uzakov/TASS
Current status (March 2019): awaiting reconstruction
In 2018, Muscovites were quite surprised to find a new reservoir, basically a small lake, in the city center – at least according to Yandex.Maps app. The algorithm mistook a giant water-filled foundation pit near Paveletsky railway station for a lake, which after heavy rains, had turned into a muddy reservoir. The wannabe-lake had been around for a while.
Ten years before,
“It’s a big issue that one of the city’s main squares is in such pitiful condition,” said Moscow’s chief architect Sergei Kuznetsov, speaking in 2017. Now, after
Not much fish here so far...Legion Media
Construction began: 2006
Current status: awaiting reconstruction (a modified version)
Another of Mukhtar Ablyazov’s gigantic and ambitious projects involved constructing Eastern Europe’s biggest aquarium (plus a hotel) on Poklonnaya Hill in western Moscow. This also went down the drain after Ablyazov faced criminal charges, leaving only around 10 percent of the project completed.
At the same time, the financial crisis of 2008 hit, so it was too expensive for developers to buy the project out. After a decade of legal battles, a new developer acquired the project and in late 2018 city authorities approved construction of the oceanarium, but the hotel will be replaced with a residential complex. The most important thing is that there will still be plenty of sharks and other fish in the public aquarium.
The Zenith business center before the reconstruction began. It was quite a landmark, though an ugly one.Moskva Agency
Construction began: 1991
Current status: under reconstruction
A giant blue crystal that dominates a whole south-western Moscow neighborhood, the
As often happens, the original plan didn’t work out: in 1994, when the building was 80 percent ready, the Italian government arrested
Ever since, the ugly unfinished skyscraper,
Reconstruction goes on (March 2019).Dzasohovich/Wikipedia
That's how that almost ancient building on the Shabolovka street looks like.Google Maps
Construction began: 1986
Current status: unclear
The record-breaking champion of Moscow’s unfinished construction projects in terms of time – only the infamous Khovrino hospital, where
At first, the Soviet state meant to give the building to the Military Space Force but in the 1990s decided to turn it into a TV center as it sits adjacent to an earlier television center. That did nothing to solve all the money and property issues, though. Legally the building now belongs to the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) but it remains unfinished.
“There’s nothing to do here, except for the roof – the view is spectacular!” users used to write on squatters forums – they loved getting inside and exploring the garbage-filled, empty floors. Today security is stricter, so it’s hard to get in. Otherwise, the situation has not changed much. Construction can be renewed after VGTRK solves all the questions with the property, but it remains unclear when that will happen.
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