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.
Architects Offered to Listen to the Universe at Lakhta Center
Young architects Lyubov Gorobets and Olga Simonenko proposed to create a special space at the observation deck of Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg. The deck will be one of the highest observation points of the world and absolutely unique place for St. Petersburg.
Lyubov Gorobets and Olga Simonenko (Saint Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering), the winners of the sixth competition for young architects Arkhishans, proposed the concept of the observation deck at Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg as a special space where the sounds of the Universe could be listened to, the press release of the competition organizers says.
Arkhishans participants were offered to create an architectural and scenographic concept of the most expected facility of Lakhta Center – the observation deck that will be located at the height of 357 meters above sea level. The press release says that the deck will be one of the highest observation points of the world and the absolutely unique place for St. Petersburg.
The winning project is called Existentiality; its concept is based on the human craving for height. "The lower level of the observation deck offers an interactive thematic exhibition (projections), and the upper level is a special space where visitors can listen to the sounds of the Universe", the press release explains.
The second place of the competition was awarded to the project developed by Ivan Karnitsky and Aleksey Lavrukhin (Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design), it is called A Living Space, its key components are the ceiling that changes shape in response to movement and graphics on the wall of the ramp that will also interact with the visitors. Graphic pattern will consist of autographs and even phrases left by the visitors. The signatures can form even whole pictures. Authors of the project who took the third place are Artem Petryakov and Margarita Shchigoleva (Saint Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering); they proposed to install an observation wheel with booths having transparent floor at the observation deck, the release says.
A total of 88 applications to the competition were submitted, 33 works were chosen for the final.
Work on the construction of the public and business complex Lakhta Center including the high-rise building has been carried out since October 2012. According to the modified urban planning concept, the Tower will be 462 meters high. Completion of the construction of Lakhta Center, the core of which is the headquarters of Gazprom Neft and its subsidiaries, is scheduled for 2018. More than half of its area will be allocated for public functions: a research and education center, an amusing science center for children, a planetarium, exhibition areas, a health center, a multipurpose hall for meetings, conferences, a cinema center, a sport center, and etc.