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.
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According to Gulyak, the future complex may be considered not only a centre of business activity, but also a cultural centre. It has a performance area with an adaptable stage which may be used for any purpose – from concerts and performances to specialized conferences. This area has a capacity of up to 700 people. An exhibition hall with a ceiling height of 12 meters has also been included in the design. This space may be used to hold large exhibits. Planned facilities for children include an entertainment and educational zone, with a children's technology park, where children may try out various professions, and a planetarium equipped with a telescope.
In addition, the complex is to have two skating-rinks (one indoor) and a medical centre with paediatric department.
The external territory of the complex will also be integrated into the general design. It is planned to use the Northern Square, through which the main flow of visitors will pass, as a recreation and exhibition zone. This space is protected from the wind blowing from the Gulf of Finland, so the designers are planning to landscape this area and equip it with benches and various small architectural objects. Various open-air exhibitions and installations will also be held here.
On the Gulf Coast, given the landscape, it is planned to build an outdoor amphitheatre with a capacity of up to 25,000 people. The water surface will be the stage. According to the project developers, the waters of the Gulf of Finland and the coastal zone may be used for performances and shows. In addition, the amphitheatre can be used to watch sailing, surfing aqua biking and other water-sports.
At least one third of the site will be allocated for green zones. According to the project developers, a pedestrian bridge across Lakhta Bay will connect the green zone of the Lakhta Centre with the Park of the 300th Anniversary of Saint Petersburg, thereby creating a common recreational space on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. Given our climate, it is planned to cover the bridge, so it can also serve as a type of gallery where will be possible to hold various art exhibitions or to have shops selling, for example, ice cream and beverages for people walking in the park.