AFI MALL

LOCATION: MOSCOW, RUSSIA

A race against time

TAB feverishly worked to quarry and process more than 800,000 square feet of granite for the Afi Mall -- Moscow's grand shopping and entertainment center -- in a tight timeframe of eight months. (By Jennifer Adams)

The Project

Positioned in the center of Moscow City, which has been deemed "the largest and most ambitious investment and development project in Europe", the Afi Mall encompasses approximately 1.9 million square feet and is considered to be the largest shopping and entertainment complex in Russia's capital city.

Meeting the deadline

According to Gupta, the most challenging aspect of the project was the tight timeframe. "The time given was suicidal," he said. "We were crazy to accept the project, but we pushed ourselves and we achieved a landmark that can never be beaten -- not even by ourselves again".