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Hotel Ukraina was designed by Arkady Mordvinov and Vyacheslav Oltarzhevsky (leading Soviet expert on steel-framed highrise construction), is the second tallest of the neoclassical Stalin-era “seven sisters” (198 m (650 ft), with 34 stories). It was the tallest hotel in the world from the time of its construction until the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel opened in Atlanta, Georgia, United States in 1976. Construction on the low river bank meant that the builders 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.

The hotel opened on May 25, 1957.[5] It closed in 2007 for a complete renovation and restoration. In 2009, the owners signed a contract with the Rezidor Group to manage the hotel as the Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow. The hotel maintains its iconic original name, however, for some purposes.

The hotel reopened on April 28, 2010 after its 3-year-renovation with 505 bedrooms and 38 apartments. The impressive façade was restored in detail, while modern technology has been added, including multi-level water cleaning systems and unique air circulation systems. #archiprix #2013 #Russia #Moscow #architecture #global #instagramers #intagramhub #instamood #instagood #photooftheday #professional #public #travel #trip #urban #work #study #architects #stalin #communism #USSR #soviet #buildings #seven #sisters (at Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow / Гостиница “Рэдиссон Ройал, Москва”)

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