Construction work on Europe's tallest building has now shifted to the crown and spire, as hundreds of glass panels continue their application on the lower levels of Saint Petersburg's Lakhta Center. The 462-metre-tall skyscraper, boasting 87 floors, will become the headquarters of Russian natural gas company Gazprom, which initiated plans for the megaproject back in 2005.

The Lakhta Center swarmed by fog, image via Lakhta Center

The tapering tower was originally proposed for a site across from Smolny Cathedral in Saint Petersburg's city centre, but objections by UNESCO over the appropriateness of a large-scale development within the protected historic district eventually spurred the relocation of the project to the suburbs.

Lakhta Center construction in summer 2017, image via Lakhta Center

Even before completion, the building has broken records — nearly 20,000 cubic metres of concrete were dispatched in a continuous pour, topping the previous title held by the Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles. It became the tallest building in Europe when it hit the 374-metre mark in October 2017.

The finished building will contain offices, 1,500 square metres of exhibition space, a co-working centre, a sports complex, a children's science centre, a conference centre, and multiple art displays. A public observation deck located on the uppermost floor will provide viewers with a 360-degree vista 360 metres above the ground. Tony Kettle developed the conceptual design of the tower while at RMJM and later refined the scheme at his own company, Kettle Collective.

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Related Companies:  Gazprom, Gorproject, Renaissance Construction Company, RMJM