Leading Russian developer Don-Stroy has put on sale a 1.4-billion-ruble ($43-million) penthouse in a high-rise building in downtown Moscow, Vedomosti business daily reported on Thursday.
The penthouse, one of the biggest apartments in Moscow, occupies the top two floors and a roof site accommodating a swimming pool, with overall floorspace of 2,069 square meters.
Construction of the House on Mosfilmovskaya residential compound started in 2004. In summer 2010, then-Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov and the urban commission against uncontrolled construction accused the developer of exceeding the skyscraper’s height by 21 meters, reaching 213 meters instead of the specified 192 meters.
The Moscow authorities ordered the developer to remove the compound’s top five floors, including the penthouse, reserved at that time for Don-Stroy founders Maxim Blazhko and Dmitry Zelenov.
In early 2011, retail investors and a group of renowned Russian architects asked incumbent Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin not to scrap the surplus floors, arguing the move would damage the skyscraper.
The Moscow town-planning commission decided in April 2011 to keep the compound’s top floors.