TV Tower in Kiev
The tallest non-residential building of Ukraine is 385-meter high Kiev TV tower, which is even taller than the eminent Eiffel tower in Paris! However, it is possible to go up Kiev tower only to the height of 192 meters using special small passenger lift. The tower was designed and built by Ukrainian Shimanovsky Institute of Steel Construction in 1970s.
And now let`s proceed to the tallest residential skyscrapers of Ukraine.
Klovsky Residential Complex in Kiev
Klovsky complex on Klovsky Descent in Kiev, built in 2012, is the tallest residential building of Ukraine. 168-meter high structure has 48 residential floors and 18 floors of business offices. From the complex`s windows, visitors and dwellers can see breathtaking panorama over the main landmarks of the Ukrainian capital such as the the Motherland monument, Kiev Pechersk Lavra, Maryyinsky park, Verkhovna Rada and picturesque banks of the Dnipro River. The designer of the building, architect Andriy Mazur, wanted to make the complex even higher. However, he was prohibited to do so, because the building would make difficulties for airplanes movement.
Gulliver Center in Kiev
Gulliver complex is another building in Kiev that impresses with its significant size. The height of the building itself is 148 m, and together with steeple it reaches the level of around 160 m. The first block of the complex has 35 floors, and the second one has 10 floors and 6-storey build-up. Gulliver was constructed in the period from 2003 till 2012. Before the opening of Klovsky complex, it was considered as the tallest construction of Ukraine. The complex is well-known for its large three-level underground parking that is able to host 540 cars. Gulliver offers many options for entertainment. Here you can visit huge supermarket, go to boutiques, play bowling, go to cinema or SPA salon.
Parus Business Center in Kiev
Nowadays, Parus business center is only in the top 3 of the tallest buildings, but some years ago it was the leader of this list. Its height together with steeple reaches 156 meters. 43-storey building was constructed during three years (2004-2006). First, the center had been supposed to be called “Elzburg Plaza”, but then it was renamed as “Parus” (“Sail”) because of its shape. This building was shown on TV many times – it was a part of Euro-2012 promo video and was also filmed for several Ukrainian TV shows and series. A curious fact: in 2008, three people jumped with parachutes from Parus roof. Though all of them had managed to stay safe and sound, the security guards were fired after this incident.
Korona Residential Complex in Kiev
The fourth member of our list is 128-meter high Korona residential complex on the left bank of Dnipro River in Kiev. The complex, built in 2007 by “KievGorStroy” company, got its name (translated as “Crown”) from its unusual shape. The skyscraper with 530 apartments consists of 4 sections. The tallest section has 38 floors. Korona complex includes 5-level underground parking and even helicopter landing deck. By the way, there is a similar complex in Osokorky district of the capital.
Appellate Court in Kiev
Usually skyscrapers host business offices or elite apartments, but not in this case. The 127-meter high-riser in Solomensky district of Kiev is the building of Appellate Court. This place has a mystical aura due to the fact that an old cemetery was located here before. You would not believe it, but the construction of the court lasted for almost 28 years since 1978. Nowadays, 27-storey building has helicopter landing deck and the most powerful autonomous boiler rooms in the city.
Ministry of Transportation and Communication of Ukraine in Kiev
This shiny 120-meter high building with green tinted windows became one of the first skyscrapers in Ukraine. It was constructed in 1986 and first it was supposed to be an aviation computer center. However, later it turned into the Ministry of transportation and Communication of the country. In 2003, the building underwent a full reconstruction. Nowadays, only bearing frame left from the pre-renovation times.
101 Tower Business Center in Kiev
101 Tower business center in Kiev has 27 floors. Its total height is 116 m. Architect Alexander Koval intended to create a fully-featured “smart house” for business, so all functions inside the building are controlled from a single control board. The center has its own diesel generator for the case of power-down, continuous communications and 24/7 video monitoring from different points. 101 Tower can also boast 10 fast lifts with waiting intervals not more than 30 seconds. Apart from offices, the skyscraper hosts numerous shops, restaurants, bank, beauty salon and fitness club.
Silver Breeze Residential Complex in Kiev
Probably there is no single dweller or guest left in Kiev who has not seen these three skyscrapers rising on the left bank of the Dnipro River. The height of Silver Breeze complex (110 meters) gives a chance to see a lovely panorama of Kiev city and its sights: Paton bridge, Metro bridge, the Motherland Monument, Kiev Pechersk Lavra and cozy Rusanivka district.
Vezhi Residential Complex in Dnipro
These 28-storey twin skyscrapers, called “Vezhi” (“Towers”), are one of the symbols of Dnipro city. The 106-meter complex, standing on the longest embankment of Europe, consists of two blocks (Eastern and Western), connected by three-level platform. The floors from 3d to 25th are occupied by residential apartments; three upper floors serve as technical and boiler rooms.
Ark Palace Complex in Odesa
The architectural style of Ark Palace complex in Odesa unites traditions and modern technology that allow it to fit in the landscape of the city`s prestigious district. 106-m high building is located only 1 km away from the Black Sea coast. The complex consists of two blocks: 20-storey block and 24-storey one, jointed by the common two-level underground parking. On the first floor of the complex, you will find fitness club, SPA salon, shops, café and hotel.
As we can see, Ukraine has many wonders to surprise us, and high-rising modern skyscrapers are surely one of them.
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