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Europe’s tallest skyscraper, Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg, Russia, has earned this year’s Skyscraper Award from Emporis. The new Gazprom headquarters’ facade features an energy efficient double skin and a design that rotates almost 90 degrees, creating the illusion of movement. Leeza Soho in Beijing and 35 Hudson Yards in New York City have taken second and third place, respectively.

 

Insight

Information specialist Emporis has revealed the winner of its annual Skyscraper Award. From over 700 skyscrapers officially completed in 2019, the number one spot has gone to Russia’s massive Lakhta Center, which rises to a maximum height of 462 m (1,516 ft) in St. Petersburg.

The Lakhta Center, which was designed by Gorproject and RMJM, is Europe’s tallest building and the 13th-tallest worldwide. Indeed, it’s a huge project and construction involved 20,000 people from 18 countries. Its facade comprises 16,505 individual pieces of glass and the building takes the overall form of a spire with five wings that twist from top to bottom.

Though most of the interior is given over to office space, it also features an observation deck and a restaurant boasting panoramic views of the area.”When choosing the Lakhta Center as its favorite, the jury was impressed by the skyscraper’s unusual form,” says Emporis.

“The exterior structure of the building consists of five wings that rotate almost 90 degrees. The twist creates a dynamic impression, giving the building the shape of a blazing flame, which resembles the logo of Gazprom, the natural gas producer that has taken up its new headquarters inside the building.

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