Architect Kettle Collective based in Scotland, has designed what’s to become the world’s tallest skyscraper in St. Petersburg, Russia, second to the tower of Burj Khalifa, Dubai.
The new tower called Lakhta Center II may not be taller than Burj Khalifa, however, it would become the tower with the highest occupied story in the world at 590m. The second tallest tower in the world used to be the Shanghai Tower, coming at 632m.
The outskirts of St. Petersburg will be the new home of the tower, which will be right next to Lakhta Center (462m), also known as Europe’s tallest building as well as the headquarters of Gazprom, an energy giant.
The proposal by Gazprom for Lakhta Center II was disclosed in a meeting with the government of St. Petersburg, stating that they would provide for the land the tower will be built on.
The corporation declared that the project would “be implemented via project financing outside the scope of Gazprom’s investment program by a special-purpose company unaffiliated with Gazprom”.
Tony Kettle, the head designer of Kettle Collective, designed the current Lakhta Center as he worked at architectural company RMJM, winning a contest in 2006.
In addition to features covering multi-car lifts driven by energy generated from their own movement, Kettle stated that the Lakhta Center II would be “implemented via project financing outside the scope of Gazprom’s investment program by a special-purpose company unaffiliated with Gazprom”.
He also mentioned that an “open organic helical diagrid” would be formed by the spiraling exterior columns.
Colin Bone, managing director of Kettle Collective, highlighted the national importance the new tower will have for Russia, by saying: “it will showcase Russia on the world stage as an investor in business, innovation and creative thinking”.