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.
Science Museum to be set up in Lakhta not yielding to Dutch NEMO
According to Mr. Stafeev, Social and Business Center Okhta CJSC management team has already basically approved a concept of the future children’s science museum. At the moment an issue is being discussed about a part of money for funding of the museum to be allocated from the city’s budget. Event Communications agency will be the main consultant of the project.
“In Petersburg there are already a few museums for children such as Optimus, UmnikUm, LabirintUm however the city still needs a large scientific center for children, said Mr. Stafeev. The problem could be resolved by the construction of the city’s Museum of Science and Hardware but it is being protracted”.
Lakhta Center plans to allocate about 7000 sq.m. for the museum. “It will be located in the building adjoining to the tower. At the moment specific issues are under discussion, i.e. the areas, the layout, the selection of an operator and a method of management”, the representatives of Social and Business Center Okhta CJSC told Fontanka. “Apart from educational and public function in our opinion the center should achieve a practical objective of attracting young people to industrial and mining industries. We would like to make children and teenagers interested in actual science and interesting professions, provide them with an opportunity to gain unique knowledge in a play form and prepare for the selection of their future specialization”, they added.
According to the authors of the concept, the children’s center can be compared with the well-known international counterparts, Dutch NEMO Museum or Finnish Heureka. “The space will likely to be divided into a few zones, for children above 6, under 11 and above 11 and under 18, Mr. Stafeev said. However the main zest of the project will be not this division but the connection with high science. At present Social and Business Center Okhta CJSC management team is considering an opportunity to allocate an area not far from the children’s center to display the achievements of the leading Petersburg universities. Pupils hooked on amusing science will be able to get down to actual research supervised by students and professors of IT, Mechanics and Optics University, Mining University, Saint Petersburg State Polytechnic University”.
Another peculiar thing about the children’s center will be an emphasis put on the history of domestic science. “The interactive display will be connected to the information about prominent Russian scientists, from Lomonosov to Alferov, Mr. Stafeev pointed out. Children will get to know successful projects related to innovation business. For example, they will get to know the biography of Russian scientist and millionaire Valentin Gapontsev, the inventor of an optical fiber laser”.