The Emporis Skyscraper Award, one of the world’s most renowned prizes for high-rise architecture, goes to a project in Russia for the very first time in its 20-year history.
The primary criteria in awarding the prize are excellence in aesthetic and functional design.
Every year, a jury of experts selects the winner. Buildings must have a minimum height of 100 meters and have been completed during the previous calendar year.
The 462-meter-high Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg, is not only the tallest building in Russia, but is the tallest building in Europe and the fourteenth tallest building in the world.
When choosing the Lakhta Center as its favorite, the jury was impressed by the skyscraper's unusual form.
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.
The skyscraper was also able to score points with the jury due to its use of environmentally friendly and energy-efficient technologies.
As the northernmost supertall skyscraper in the world, the building is exposed to extreme temperatures. A double skin façade prevents unnecessary heat loss and makes it extraordinarily energy efficient.
In addition, thanks to the innovative use of infrared radiators, excess heat is not lost but fed back into the system.
By the end of 2020, an observation deck will be opened on the 83rd floor of the skyscraper and will definitely become a favorite observation decks for guests and residents
Fremad Russia will keep you informed.