It’s been compared to the Eiffel Tower and is celebrated by architects around the world, but after a century of looming over Moscow the Shukhov Tower may be destroyed.
Built from 1920 to 1922 after a design by Vladimir Shukhov, the 525-foot radio tower was commissioned by Lenin to broadcast into distant Soviet territories.
Also known as the Shabolovka Tower, it was originally meant to be much taller — 1,150 feet — and was curtailed by a steel shortage due to the Civil War.
Architects and Moscow citizens aren’t ready to let the lattice tower go, with thousands of locals and numerous architects such as Rem Koolhaas, Norman Foster, and Elizabeth Diller expressing their dismay at its demise.
They argue that it should be preserved as the architectural and engineering achievement that it is.
Photographer Richard Pare, co-author of the open letter to President Putin, told the BBC: “It is a transcendent structure.
The sensation of standing underneath it is so uplifting, it makes you feel weightless. It soars upwards.”