Rosseti has completely restored the world’s only hyperboloid multi-section power transmission tower in the form of a load-carrying lattice shell. The Tower was designed by Vladimir Shukhov, an outstanding Russian engineer, and constructed in the late 1920s within the GOELRO plan implementation. The inauguration was attended by Gleb Nikitin, Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region, Pavel Livinskiy, Director General of PJSC Rosseti, Igor Makovsky, Head of Rosseti Center and Rosseti Center and Volga Region, and Vladimir Shukhov, President of the Shukhov Tower Foundation for the Preservation and Development of Science, Culture, and Art (a great-grandson of V.G. Shukhov, the author of the Tower).
The overhaul of the 128-meter structure has been carried out in several stages. At first, the lost fragments of the Tower’s foundation have been recreated; then, the Oka coastline has been strengthened, and a promenade has been built. At the final stage, specialists of Rosseti Center and Volga Region performed anti-corrosion treatment of metal structures and installed the Tower’s dynamic lighting consisting of about 23 thousand LEDs. The surrounding area has also been landscaped.
Gleb Nikitin said “We are grateful to Rosseti for overhauling this unique facility. The Tower has been among the popular attractions of the Nizhny Novgorod Region, and I am sure that, after overhauling, this site will attract even more attention, including that of the world community. This is a unique monument of the Russian architectural avant-garde, which is recommended for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List.”
“The Shukhov Tower on the Oka River is one of the GOELRO plan facilities, the centenary of which we are celebrating in 2020, and this structure looks impressive even today. Moreover, like other projects by the outstanding engineer Vladimir Shukhov, it is a source of inspiration for modern architects. This is a clear illustration of the whole ideology of the GOELRO plan: it included projects that shaped trends for decades to come. We should take a cue from this experience and continue the traditions of the Russian engineering school,” highlighted Pavel Livinskiy.
Initially, the Tower was part of the facilities of a special high-voltage crossing over the river, but later, due to changes in the energy transit route, it was no longer used for its intended purpose. On December 3, 2014, by order of the Government of the Russian Federation, the Shukhov Tower on the Oka River was classified as a cultural heritage site of federal significance.