The Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg, Russia is almost finished after starting its construction back in 2012. The structure stands at a whopping 1,516 (462 metres). The 87-storey building will soon be crowned the tallest building in Europe by beating Moscow’s Federation Tower.
The twisted skyscraper includes 2000-seater amphitheatre and will be the 13th tallest building the world. The Lakhta Center’s facade is made from 16500 individual panes of glass that have been fitted with automatic shutters and valves in a bid to reduce heat loss.
The tall structure has been decided by British architect Tony Kettle during his tenure at RMJM, before handing the project over to Russian architects Gorproject to complete. Over 20,000 workers from 18 countries have contributed to the completion of the project.
Kettle said he was inspired by St Petersburg’s Peter and Paul Cathedral while designing. The building is surrounded by five towers tapering aroung a diminishing circular core.
“My sense was very much to create something that was as light and elegant as the historical forms, capturing the changes in daylight in a similar way to that of the golden domes and spires … The tower was designed as a simple organic spire with asymmetrical movement in its skin, to be seen as a singular landmark at city scale.”
Though the construction will be completed by the end of the summer, the interior work will go into the next year. It will be serving as the headquarters for Russian gas giant Gazprom.
Architect Philip Nikandrov, said: “The HQ will occupy around one-third of the total area, with another third reserved for public facilities which will include a multi-purpose hall, retail space, medical and fitness centres and a science museum with a planetarium.”