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Constructivism, Tower, Lattice Tower, Hyperboloid, Forgotten Masterpieces, Endangered, Gridshell, Foma

Project timeline

1920 – 1922



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shukhova Street 8

Current state


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Shabolovka tower

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Article last edited by Bostjan on
February 01st, 2020

Shukhov Radio Tower Change this

Moscow, Russia
by Vladimir Shukhov Change this
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The Shukhov radio tower also known as the Shabolovka tower, is a broadcasting tower in Moscow designed by Vladimir Shukhov.

The 160-metre-high free-standing steel structure was built in the period 1920–1922, during the Russian Civil War. It is a hyperboloid structure (hyperbolic steel gridshell). Due to its lattice 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 tower got famous, in particular by a photo story. The images from Alexander Rodchenko appeared in the Russian magazine "Radioslushatel (radio listener) in 1929. The tower is located a few kilometers south of the Moscow Kremlin, but is not accessible to tourists.

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.


Posted by dDaA | Friday, September 16th, 2011 | 19:12pm
This building is amazing! If it is on the top of UNESCO´s endangered buildings list we should think about a campaign to raise more awareness for it! Maybe for a start we could make some amazing t-shirts with the motif of the tower?
Any ideas?
Posted by Christian | Friday, September 16th, 2011 | 16:41pm
Does anyone know, if the tower is better accessible (visible) from Shukhova 11 or Shabolovka 37? - Got it, Shukhova apparently. Thanks, Daniel.

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