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Highest World Cup Tribune ever

Highest World Cup Tribune ever

Vittorio Veneto, June 20th, 2018The Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg offers spectacular views on the adjacent Saint Petersburg Stadium, one of the stadiums used during the FIFA World Cup. With its height of 462 meters, the building is the tallest skyscraper in Europe. In time for the FIFA World Cup, and supported by experienced alpinists, the Permasteelisa Group has completed the installation of all the glass panels of the tower.


The double skin façade has been designed and produced by Josef Gartner GmbH, the German subsidiary of the Group. The curved façade comprises an overall area of around 14 football pitches – an area exceeding the sum of all football pitches of the Russian Word Cup stadiums.


At a height of more than 300 meters, the latest installed glass panels on the Lakhta Center have been those necessary to close the remaining open parts of the outer building envelope where the tower crane had been fixed. Unlike the other prefabricated façade units, these glass panels had to be pressed onto the curved aluminum frame from the outside. A very complex activity that required the support of skilled alpinists on the rope. In January, Gartner had already installed the 13 meters high stainless steel tower spire.


The new landmark of St. Petersburg is located ten kilometers from the city center, with an air-line distance of only three kilometers to the new World Cup stadium. It is expected to become the heart of a new City thus providing relief to the historical center. In addition to the Observation Deck, the building complex also offers cafes & restaurants as well as cultural & exhibition facilities. The office tower, with a gross area of 163.000 sqm, will accommodate the headquarters of the Gazprom Group.


Like a needle, the Lakhta Center elegantly spirals up into the sky. Around half-height the tower, which has been designed by the Moscow architects ZAO Gorprojekt, reaches its maximum width and then tapers into a spire-shape. The floor plan of the building resembles a five-pointed star. As the floor slabs are twisted towards each other, the tower winds upwards by 0,89 degrees each floor. Nevertheless, the tower seems to uniformly spiral toward the sky. Such effect can be achieved with cold formed glass façades.


The façade of the Lakhta Center has got a total façade area of 100,000 sqm with unit sizes of 2,8 x 4,2 m that gives the skyscraper a very high degree of transparency. At the lower floor levels, the façade is inclined outwards while the upper levels are inclined inwards. For the cold bent glass panels, the planar glass panes have been cold-bent by 40 millimeters at one corner in the frame yielding a flat twisted glass surface that creates an elegant twist of the façade at each floor level as well as uniform reflections. At each of the five exterior edges of the building, glazed atria span over two storeys offering naturally ventilated lounge areas with openable wings integrated in the corner units of the tower. This makes Lakhta Center one of the tallest naturally ventilated skyscrapers worldwide. In winter, the atria serve as a heat buffer and, together with other energy-saving technologies the tower has become a Green Building which is pre-certified under LEED Gold (International Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system).


“The fundamental role of Permasteelisa in this project proves the quality of our innovative and advanced technical solutions, coupled with the ability to turn the ideas of the most visionary architects into reality,” commented the CEO of Permasteelisa Group, Riccardo Mollo. “Our extraordinary capabilities in designing, engineering, manufacturing and installation of state-of-art facades and cladding solutions make our Group the partner of choice for the realization of the most iconic and representative buildings in the world.”


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