Hotel Ukraina, one of Stalin's Seven Sisters in Moscow, Russia
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Dimensions:5242 x 3493 px | 44.4 x 29.6 cm | 17.5 x 11.6 inches | 300dpi
Location:Hotel Ukraina, Moscow, Russia
Hotel Ukraina by Arkady Mordvinov and Vyacheslav Oltarzhevsky (leading Soviet expert on steel-framed highrise construction) is the second tallest of the "sisters" (198 meters, 34 levels), and is still Europe's tallest hotel. Total capacity is 1627 beds. Construction on the low river bank meant that they had to dig well below the water level. This was solved by an ingenious water retention system, using a perimeter of needle pumps driven deep into ground.