Architectural Concept Unveiled for Skyscraper Lakhta Center 2
A meeting of the Inter-Agency Council in charge of implementing the Agreement of Cooperation between St Petersburg and Gazprom took place in
A meeting of the Inter-Agency Council in charge of implementing the Agreement of Cooperation between St Petersburg and Gazprom took place in St Petersburg. The 2021–2023 Synchronization Plan for the implementation of the “NGV Market Development in St. Petersburg” project was signed at the meeting. The project envisages a phased conversion of road and waterborne passenger transport and municipal vehicles to natural gas, the greenest and most cost-efficient fuel. Particular attention at the meeting of the Inter-Agency Council was paid to the implementation of Gazprom's large-scale program for the urban improvement of St. Petersburg. Its purpose is to help the city preserve its unique historical and cultural heritage while modernizing the urban environment and making it more comfortable for residents and numerous tourists.
With the purpose of further development of the social and business district that is now being successfully established around the Lakhta Center on the coast of the Gulf of Finland, it was proposed to build a new skyscraper, dubbed Lakhta Center 2. The skyscraper will be 703 meters tall. It will be organically integrated into the modern architectural ensemble and will take global leadership in technological innovation and green construction. The high-rise will become the world's second-tallest building with the absolute highest observation deck (at 590 meters) and top accessible floor. The new landmark will give the district another impetus for development and strengthen its status as a modern city center with conceptual spaces for education and recreation. The project will be implemented via project financing outside the scope of Gazprom's investment program by a special-purpose company unaffiliated with Gazprom. A roadmap was developed for the project. The main land plot for construction will be provided by Gazprom.
This tower will symbolically complement the Lakhta Center's tower, offering another supremely tall template of sustainable design for high-rise architecture with the best-in-class low energy design and a mix of uses. The tower is born out of a daring idea that has been inspired by energy in all of its forms, from helical waves generated around deep space quasars to the spirals of wave energy. The exterior design of the building is consistent with the elegant smooth lines of the Lakhta Center. Lakhta Center 2 continues the traditions of St. Petersburg, as the Peter and Paul Fortress, which was founded by Peter the Great in the early 18th century, was also one of the world's tallest buildings at the time.
Gazprom is also planning to finance the creation of a unified lighting system and dynamic lighting solutions on the northeastern coast of the Gulf of Finland's Neva Bay – the Marine Façade of St. Petersburg: the Park of the 300th Anniversary of St. Petersburg, the Yakhtenny Pedestrian Bridge, and the Western High-Speed Diameter section that links the Primorsky and Vasileostrovsky Districts. It will be possible to modify the color schemes depending on public holidays, commemorative dates, and important events in the city, including sporting ones.
Since 2007, Gazprom has financed the renovation of more than 70 city streets, squares, embankments and mini-gardens, repavement of sidewalks, upgrade of the city lighting system, and provision of artistic lighting for architectural ensembles. The bulk of this work is carried out in the city's historical center, namely in the Tsentralny, Admiralteysky and Petrogradsky Districts. Comprehensive renovations have been performed in such iconic locations of St. Petersburg as Bolshoy Ave. of Petrograd Side, Liteyny and Ligovsky Aves., Pestelya St., Bolshaya Konyushennaya St., Malaya Morskaya St., Millionnaya St., and Potyomkinskaya St. The lighting systems have been fully replaced on, inter alia, Nevsky and Suvorovsky Aves. In 2020, to mark the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, works were finished on the lighting for the Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad on Victory Square. In the spring of 2021, the next stage of urban improvement was completed in the Tsentralny District, with renovations made on, among others, Tchaikovskogo St., Gagarinskaya St., and Gangutskaya St.