Building of the Lukoil company

The building of the Lukoil oil company is a skyscraper on the corner of Sretensky Boulevard and Akademik Sakharov Avenue and one of the most controversial buildings in Moscow in terms of architectural design. Initially, the administrative building under construction was supposed to house the Ministry of Electronic Industry of the USSR, but during the construction process, the USSR collapsed, and as a result, the complex housed the main office of the Lukoil oil company.

The development of the project and the construction of the building took a rather long period: from 1967 to 1997; in fact, construction began in the 1980s according to the design of architect Felix Novikov, then continued in 1995-1997 under the direction of architect Dmitry Solopov. Subsequently, Novikov denied authorship of the project, citing a large number of changes.

The building is a complex of multi-level parallelepipeds with continuous glazing, combined into a single volume; the central axis is accentuated by a tower with a glazed cantilever, at the bottom of which there is a massive porch. At the top of the tower (inside the glazed part) is the Light Cube art object: an installation of an array of LED modules that turns on at night. LEDs are capable of reproducing various static and dynamic scenes, and thanks to the huge size of the installation (5.7×5.7×12 meters), the tower looks like a lighthouse in the middle of the square.

Lukoil is one of the largest Russian oil companies, the second in terms of oil production in Russia. The name of the company comes from the first letters of the names of the cities of oilmen (Langepas, Uray, Kogalym) and the word “oil” (from the English oil).

The second company in Russia after Gazprom in terms of revenu. Until 2007, it was the largest oil company in Russia in terms of production (Rosneft overtook it after buying the assets of Yukos). In terms of proven hydrocarbon reserves, Lukoil, according to its own data, as of January 1, 2011, was the third private oil company in the world (first in terms of oil reserves).

The headquarters is located in Moscow, on Sretensky Boulevard.

According to Forbes Global 2000, in 2022 Lukoil ranked 167th among the largest companies in the world (58th in terms of revenue, 81st in terms of net profit, 422nd in terms of assets and 540th in terms of market capitalization).

Located near the metro stations Turgenevskaya, Chistye Prudy, Sretensky Boulevard.

Attractions around: Menshikov TowerChistye Prudy (pond)Chistoprudny BoulevardSovremennik TheatreTurgenevskaya SquareBolshoi TheatreManezhnaya SquarePloschad Revolyutsii (square)State Duma buildingHouse of the UnionsTretyakovskiy proezdCentral Children’s StoreLubyanka BuildingMetropol HotelEt Cetera theatreTurgenev LibraryBuildings of the insurance company “Russia”, Tsentrosoyuz BuildingKremlinNikolskaya StreetPolytechnic Museum, Sretenka street.

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