Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Gazprom

Rem Koolhaas is one of seven architects who have been invited to present a concept for a new office of the Russian gas company Gazprom in Saint Petersburg. The building should be 900 feet tall and may cost 750 million dollars.
Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller requires the design to fit well within the historic environment of the city. Community members will also have a say. This will be one of Saint Petersburg's most prestigious projects. The city has been attracting many national and international companies.
Whether the project will be realized isn't all together clear yet. Gazprom's stockholders would rather see the company invest money in nuclear energy projects. Interesting aside, Gazprom has interest in hunting clubs and raising pigs.

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