Lakhta Center is a multifunctional complex in St. Petersburg with the Gazprom headquarter and public spaces occupying a third of the area. Construction was completed in October 2018, now start work on the arrangement of business and public areas. The opening will take place in about a year, when the complex will be fully prepared to meet guests.
The planetarium is expected to be housed in the upper part of the multifunctional building adjacent to the tower. It will resemble a sphere hovering in the air at the height of the fifth floor.
The authors of the concept decided to effectively utilize the space’s unique architectural details for the purposes of education and enlightenment. The starry sky will be observable on a 360-degree 3D-projection onto the 16-meter dome of the planetarium. The effect of actually “being there” will be created with the help of holograms, a moving floor, special-effects seats, and illusions of lightning and rain, virtual smoke, smells, etc.
The fully programmable and modular domed movie theater will make it possible for visitors to immerse themselves in the interactive study not only of astronomy, but also of geography, geology, flora and fauna, climate change, atmospheric phenomena, and much more. The planetarium has a holding capacity of 140. When operating around-the-clock, the facility will be able to welcome up to 30,000 visitors a month.