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Europe's new tallest tower nears completion in Saint Petersburg

Europe's new tallest tower nea...
The Lakhta Center's height of 462 m (1,516 ft) makes it significantly larger than other high-profile European towers
The Lakhta Center's height of 462 m (1,516 ft) makes it significantly larger than other high-profile European towers
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The Lakhta Center's height of 462 m (1,516 ft) makes it significantly larger than other high-profile European towers
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The Lakhta Center's height of 462 m (1,516 ft) makes it significantly larger than other high-profile European towers
The Lakhta Center is located in St. Petersburg, Russia
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The Lakhta Center is located in St. Petersburg, Russia
The Lakhta Center takes the form of a spire with five wings that twist a total of 90 degrees from top to bottom
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The Lakhta Center takes the form of a spire with five wings that twist a total of 90 degrees from top to bottom
The construction of the Lakhta Center involved 20,000 people from 18 countries
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The construction of the Lakhta Center involved 20,000 people from 18 countries
The Lakhta Center required concrete foundations to be poured continuously for some 49 hours straight
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The Lakhta Center required concrete foundations to be poured continuously for some 49 hours straight
The Lakhta Center required Europe's tallest crane
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The Lakhta Center required Europe's tallest crane
The Lakhta Center consists of the actual tower itself and an ongoing masterplan,  including an adjacent sports complex and exhibition halls
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The Lakhta Center consists of the actual tower itself and an ongoing masterplan,  including an adjacent sports complex and exhibition halls
The construction photos of the Lakhta Center shown were taken in 2017 but it's now almost complete
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The construction photos of the Lakhta Center shown were taken in 2017 but it's now almost complete
The Lakhta Center's interior is now being finished
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The Lakhta Center's interior is now being finished
The Lakhta Center's facade comprises 16,505 pieces of glass
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The Lakhta Center's facade comprises 16,505 pieces of glass
Once the Lakhta Center is fully operational, it will mostly host workers of Russian gas giant Gazprom
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Once the Lakhta Center is fully operational, it will mostly host workers of Russian gas giant Gazprom

Rising over the historic city of St. Petersburg like an elegant glazed bullet, the 87-story Lakhta Center is nearing completion following six years of construction. The supertall skyscraper rises to an impressive height of 462 m (1,516 ft), making it Europe's tallest building, as well as the 13th tallest building in the world.

The Lakhta Center consists of the skyscraper itself and surrounding public spaces, including a 2,000-seater amphitheater, water features, and a landscaped pedestrian embankment. The tower's structure has been completed (the construction photos shown below were taken last year but are the most recent available), and its interior is now under way.

The construction of the skyscraper has involved 20,000 people from 18 countries and its foundations required concrete to be poured for an incredible 49 hours without stopping. Its glazing measures 72,500 sq m (780,383 sq ft), and comprises 16,505 individual pieces of glass.

The construction of the Lakhta Center involved 20,000 people from 18 countries
The construction of the Lakhta Center involved 20,000 people from 18 countries

The skyscraper takes the form of a spire with five wings that twist a total of 90 degrees from top to bottom. It also features an observation deck at 357 m (1,171 ft), as well as a restaurant boasting panoramic views of the area. Once the building is operational, it will mostly host workers of Russian gas giant Gazprom.

To put its 462 m (1,516 ft) height into perspective, the Lakhta Center is a lot taller than other high-profile European towers like the Shard, which measures 310 m (1,017 ft), as well as Europe's previous tallest building, the East Federation Tower in Moscow, at 373 m (1,227 ft). The USA's tallest building, the One World Trade Center, is taller at 541 m (1,776 ft), though, and Dubai's Burj Khalifa continues to reign supreme as the world's tallest skyscraper by far, rising to almost twice the height of the Lakhta Center, at 829.8 m (2,723 ft).

Once the Lakhta Center is fully operational, it will mostly host workers of Russian gas giant Gazprom
Once the Lakhta Center is fully operational, it will mostly host workers of Russian gas giant Gazprom

The Lakhta Center has been pre-certified LEED Gold (a green building standard) and boasts some energy-efficient design. Its glazing has integrated mechanical ventilation systems that reduce air-conditioning use, and rainwater will be recycled for irrigation. Its 34 elevators generate electricity when moving downwards, and efficient LED lighting will be adjusted automatically, depending on the natural light available.

Sources: Gorproject, Lakhta Center, RMJM

2 comments
paul314
Does it has a serious tower on top? Otherwise that comes in at well over 5m per story.
Mikem
Europe? Really?