A Scottish architecture company has announced plans for the second-tallest skyscraper in the world to be built in St. Petersburg, Russia.
According to a statement issued by architects Kettle Collective, the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, measures 828 meters, while the Lakhta Center ll will stand at 704 meters.
Although, the planned skyscraper will house the highest viewing gallery and occupied floor in the world at 1,936 feet.
By way of comparison, The Shard in London measures 1,017 feet. The current second-tallest building in the Shanghai Tower measures 2,073 feet.
The Lakhta Center ll will be constructed on the outskirts of St. Petersburg next to the real Lakhta Center, which is currently the tallest building in Europe at 1,516 feet tall and accommodates the headquarters of energy company Gazprom.
Tony Kettle is the project’s design head and planned the Lakhta Center during his days at architectural firm RMJM.
Kettle, in an interview, said, “The new Lakhta Center will be an example of sustainable design for global high-rise projects.”
“It will have the best low energy design and a combination of uses that will create a vertical atrium space with an energetic centre as the heart for this new financial district.”
The Lakhta Center ll will feature accommodation and relaxation spaces and office space over 150 floors.
“The design is both functional and aesthetic as it will reduce substantial wind forces that will impact the tower, in turn reducing the size of structural elements needed within the building,” added Kettle.
“This is a significant partnership for our firm and has come at a time of a major global challenge, not just for the Kettle Collective but for the whole world as we navigate the impact of the pandemic,” said the managing director Colin Bone.