A stamp issued by the Postal Service of USSR in 1979 portraying the Shukhov Radio Tower. - Wikimedia Commons/Postal Service of USSR
Russian government wants it dismantled because it is falling apart.
Some of the world’s most famous architects are petitioning Russian president Vladimir Putin to save Moscow’s iconic Shukhov Radio Tower from demolition.
The 1920s structure was designed by Vladimir Shukhov, who is generally considered “the Russian equivalent of Gustave Eiffel”, according to an open letter accompanying the petition. In February it was decided that the tower, which is almost 160m tall, would be dismantled after falling into a state of disrepair.
Influential architects who have recently signed the petition include the Pritzker Prize-winning Rem Koolhaas and Thom Mayne. Also on the list are Elisabeth Diller of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (which is currently undertaking the expansion of MoMA New York) and William Baker, the engineer behind Burj Al Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest building.