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Foster + Partners sure are busy: Moscow’s Crystal Island is a new development located on the Nagatino Peninsula, edged by the Moscow River, only 7.5 km from the Kremlin. The USD 4 billion “city inside a building”, which would become one of the tallest structures on the planet, will reach 450 m into the sky, and house up to 30,000 residents. The exterior facade will be solar responsive and will include solar panels which, along with wind turbines, will generate electricity for the huge tower. Dynamic enclosure panels can be controlled to modify temperature inside the building—closed in winter for extra warmth and opened in summer to allow natural ventilation. Crystal Island is scheduled to be built within the next 5 years


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