Lakhta Center, which is one of the most distinguished projects overseas by the Turkish real estate sector, is the highest building in Europe with a height of 462 meters. The project is also one of the 20 tallest buildings in human history.
Completed in 2018, the project has broken countless records. Piles used in the Lakhta Center project, weighing approximately 670 thousand tons, were around 2 meters in diameter, which sets a new world record in this category. The depth of the pile foundation, on the other hand, was 82 meters.
The Lakhta skyscraper foundation was laid in a record-breaking, uninterrupted 49 hours of pouring of 19,624 cubic meters of concrete. The construction of the reinforced concrete foundation employed a total of 9.2 thousand tons of iron. The metals used in this section of the project only would be sufficient to build a replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.20,000 people from 18 different countries worked at the project for 65 million man hours with zero deaths. The tower spire, the last constituent of the rough construction at Lakhta Center was installed using the tallest crane in Europe, without any helicopters involved.
Apart from the office floors, the 87-story skyscraper also features an observation deck. Positioned at around 370 meters, the observation deck offers a spectacular view which could have only been seen through the windows of an aircraft until now.Lakhta Center is also named among the most important architectural projects in the world thanks to its state-of-the-art technology. The skyscraper has 34 high-speed elevators that can reach speeds of up to 8 meters per second. These elevators and the vertical transportation concept adopted in the project make sure to keep elevator waiting times in the skyscraper under 30 seconds, even during peak hours.
The skyscraper section is estimated to host an average of 100 to 140 people per floor and 5,000 in total. The smart façade design, the next-generation fire system, and the ‘suspended floor’ strategy enhance overall safety and energy efficiency while delivering superior sound insulation.