The Lakhta Center by Renaissance Construction is an 87-story skyscraper built in the northwestern neighborhood of Lakhta in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Standing 462 meters tall, it is the tallest building in Russia, the tallest building in Europe, and the sixteenth-tallest building in the world. Its construction was finished in 2018, while interior work is ongoing.
Lakhta Center is Europe’s tallest skyscraper and the world’s northernmost high-rise
The silhouette of the 462-meter tower, the compositional center, and the main accent of the complex are the embodied energy of the flame. The tower building in the plan is a five-pointed star, the rays-wings of which diverge from the central core, and has a complex swirling shape. The architectural and technical solutions of Lakhta Center, on which the team of architects, designers, and engineers of GORPROJECT has been working since 2011, are in many aspects innovative not only for Russia but for the whole world. The project, in which there is not a single repeating (typical) floor, is technically considered one of the most complex and unique in comparison with other skyscrapers on the planet. The solution to the most complex design problems became possible only thanks to the use of the latest BIM technologies and parametric design.
The skyscraper section is estimated to host an average of 100 to 140 people per floor and five thousand in total
In addition to the tower, the complex contains multiple other buildings. The multi-functional building (MFZ) consists of two buildings, North and South, which are united by a common foundation, stylobate, and roof. The building resembles a boomerang. It has a variable number of stories with a height difference from 7 to 17 floors, with the peak height being a little more than 80 meters. The structure is approximately 300 meters long. The complex also has a third building, which consists of two separate wings connected by a courtyard. The MFZ contains a planetarium, which has a holding capacity of 140 people.
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