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.
Creating the expected
Lakhta Center Public Areas, the Ideas of Residents
The main principles which the initiators of Lakhta Center Project were governed during the design of the public areas of the complex are openness, accessibility, uniqueness, high quality of the new urban environment. According to the international practice, the best examples of such areas can be created in an active dialogue and collaboration with the future residents of these areas.
This is the way which Lakhta Center designers decided to take by employing active gifted youngsters and all not indifferent residents to develop the concepts and ideas. For example, during a youngsters’ architectural contest for the concept of the areas adjoining Lakhta Center an idea was born to create a covered pedestrian bridge connecting Lakhta with the Park of the Tercentenary of Saint Petersburg. The students of Petersburg-based universities having won in design contests assist well-known foreign architects in developing the concepts of the interiors of the Children’s Center for Amusing Science and conference halls.
It is obvious as early as now that this cooperation is useful not only for Lakhta Center. For young gifted authors it is a real opportunity to show their work not always in demand in typical projects. It is a real chance for the start of professional career, it is a priceless experience of cooperation with architects and designers known worldwide.
We are open for any offers
Julia Gulyk, Head of Lakhta Center Design Department:
«We are ready to consider any proposals related to landscaping, vegetation, architectural lighting, creation of image associated facilities, the use of an amphitheater, conducting of theater performances and water contests, etc.
Your opinion is important to us! And let your ideas be very creative, do not be afraid of proposing them! What if your specific idea will be implemented?»
Please send your proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org
Crowdsourcing in action
With the participation of Lakhta Center creative contests are held regularly in order to involve a wide audience in the work on the project:
ARTERIA Youth Architectural Contest
In 2011 Saint Petersburg Union of Architects under the auspices of Lakhta Center Project ARTERIA Architectural Contest was held.
The participants received a task to develop an area adjoining to Lakhta Center.
One of the ideas proposed by the students, a covered pedestrian bridge to the Park of the Tercentenary of Saint Petersburg was included in the approved concept of the arranging the space around the multifunctional complex.
From December 2013 in collaboration with Saint Petersburg-based universities Lakhta Center holds a few contests of youth projects in the sphere and architecture and design called ArchiChance.
Some contests has been held already:
• “Interior of a Conference Hall”
• “Entrance to Science World” (a concept of a foyer of Lakhta Center for Amusing Science).
• "Freedom of movement" (a concept of transport interchange hub in Lahta)
• "The iconic design" (a navigation system concept for "Lakhta center")
• "Lakhtinskaya harbor" (an architectural concept landscaping shore near "Lakhta center")
• "High perspectives" (an architectural concept of the observation deck)
In July 2014 the ArchiChance winners started their internship in Exclusiva Design S.R.L. (Rome, Italy).
The practice of holding these events will be proceeded.
Further information in relation to the results and plans is available at the project site in VKontakte (Russian Language).