Russia’s soon to be completed Lakhta Centre will become Europe’s tallest tower at 462m
After six years of construction, work is nearing completion on St Petersburg's Lakhta Centre. The building wqas formerly known as the Gazprom Group Headquarters and Business Centre. Designed by architecture firm RMJM for a 17ha brownfield site in Lakhta, St Petersburg, it will be Europe's tallest tower at 462m.
Europe’s tallest tower has broken other records too: its foundations required the longest continuous concrete pour ever attempted. This was around 20,000 cubic metres and earning a Guinness World Record. The building’s intelligent glass facade also contains the largest volume of glass ever used on a high-rise building.
That intelligent facade provides both natural ventilation and thermal insulation, and the building also has specially designed micro-climate air conditioning. The tower has 86 above-ground and three underground floors, which will accommodate commercial office space, retail, leisure and residential developments.
The Tower's organic 'spire' shape symbolises the power of water, while the special glass façade allows the building to change colour depending on the position of the sun, giving the impression of a 'living object'.
Designed by architecture firm RMJM for a 17ha brownfield site in Lakhta, St Petersburg, it will be Europe's tallest tower at 462m