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Thermal break technology useful in Russian skyscraper
April 09, 2013
Some of Europe’s most sophisticated buildings incorporate thermal break technology from Schöck, but the new Mercury City Tower in Moscow is, to date, possibly the most iconic and certainly the tallest to utilize Isokorb®. Rising 1,112 feet above the Moscow skyline, the Mercury City Tower is currently the tallest building in Europe, beating London’s Shard into second place by approximately 95 feet. This remarkable building is the centrepiece of an $8.5 billion International Business Center development known as Moscow City, located about two and a half miles to the west of Red Square.
Mercury City Tower is built on a 150 acre site that used to be an old stone quarry area consisting of derelict factories and industrial complexes and will shortly become the first zone in Russia to combine business activity, living space and entertainment in one single development. Claimed to be the first truly sustainable building in Russia, it will house the offices of some of the world’s leading companies; along with five-star hotels, luxury apartments, prestigious clubs, fitness centres, fashion boutiques – even Moscow’s largest concert hall will be relocated there – it is effectively a city within a city.
A key design feature of the building is the use of inclined planes at various levels of the structure, which support vertical posts on which the facade cleaning system is installed. To prevent any of the risks associated with thermal bridging, it is necessary to separate the vertical posts from the thermal contour of the building. The unusual shape, size and characteristics of Mercury City required careful planning and the design of a unique Isokorb® insulation element which, in addition to its exceptional thermal performance requirements, also has to bear loads on two of the inclined planes.
The proven high technical performance values and adaptability of the Isokorb® range have been the main drivers in helping establish and maintain the leading market position for Schöck across Europe. In addition, significant attention has also been given to providing specifiers, structural engineers and contractors across all regions the highest level of design and technical input.