Shukhov Tower

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Coordinates: 55°43′02″N 37°36′41″E / 55.71722°N 37.61139°E / 55.71722; 37.61139

Shukhov Tower Project of 350 metres, 1919.
Beneath the Shukhov Tower in Moscow. Currently under threat of demolition, the tower is at the top of UNESCO's 'Endangered Buildings' list, and there is an international campaign to save it.[1]

The Shukhov radio tower (Russian: Шуховская башня), also known as the Shabolovka tower, is a broadcasting tower in Moscow designed by Vladimir Shukhov. The 160-metre-high free-standing steel diagrid structure was built in the period 1920–1922, during the Russian Civil War.


The tower is a hyperboloid structure (hyperbolic steel gridshell). Due to its diagrid structure, the steel shell of the Shukhov Tower experiences minimum wind load (the main hazard for high-rising buildings). The tower sections are single-cavity hyperboloids of rotation made of straight beams, the ends of which rest against circular foundations.

The original plan was for a 350 m tall tower.[2] This was reduced to 160 m because steel was in short supply in Russia during the time of its construction.[2]


The tower is located a few kilometres south of the Moscow Kremlin, but is not accessible to tourists. The street address of the tower is "Shabolovka Street, 37".

Possible demolition[edit]

In March 2014, the New York Times reported that the tower faces demolition by the Russian State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting, having been allowed to deteriorate for years despite popular calls for its restoration.[3]


See also[edit]



  1. ^ Lord Foster fires up campaign to save Shukhov Tower:
  2. ^ a b Stevens, Susannah (9 April 2014). "Shukhov Tower: The Eiffel of the East". BBCNews (BBC). Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Kimmelman, Michael (March 16, 2014). "Broadcasting a Plea to Save a Historic Tower". The New York Times. 



  • Picon, Antoine (dir.), "L'art de l'ingenieur : constructeur, entrepreneur, inventeur", Éditions du Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1997, ISBN 2-85850-911-5
  • Fausto Giovannardi "Vladimir Shukhov e la leggerezza dell'acciaio" at

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