Foster and Partners unveil plans for the world's biggest building - set, appropriately, in the new petro-capital, Moscow. It's so big it will allow Russia's new monied elite to live and work independently of their brutal winter climate. Norman Foster:
"Crystal Island is one of the world’s most ambitious building projects and it represents a milestone in the 40 year history of the practice. It is the largest single building in the world, creating a year-round destination for Moscow and a sustainable, dynamic new urban quarter. It is a paradigm of compact, mixed-use, sustainable city planning, with an innovative energy strategy and smart’ skin which buffers against climate extremes."