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RMJM redesigns controversial Gazprom tower

AJ exclusive: RMJM has revealed its redesigned Gazprom tower, now to be built 12kms from its original site in the centre of St Petersburg

The $3billion project will transform a 17-hectare brownfield site at Lakhta on the Gulf of Finland and is set to become one of Europe’s tallest towers. Although almost identical in appearance to the 396m-tall city centre scheme first mooted in 2006, it is understood the reworked skyscraper element will be ‘thinner and more elegant’ with one of the options currently being considered boasting a potential top height of 462m.

The new 330,000m² complex will house a business cente, offices, homes and shops as well as the headquarters of energy giant and project backer Gazprom which has been working on the headquarters project with RMJM for five years.

The surprise shift in site to an out-of-town plot emerged last December following an outcry from opposition groups about the height and location of its original Oktha Centre proposals (see bottom).

RMJM’s Tony Kettle said: ‘The tower design is the natural evolution of the RMJM concept previously proposed for the Okhta site, a design inspired entirely by the city of St Petersburg with its baroque architecture and water filled canals, with the changing form of water to ice, from soft organic freeform to angular crystaline geometry.

‘The tower is a city-scale landmark that is designed to complement the historical spires of Peter and Paul Cathedral and the Admiralty. The form and silhouette has evolved from that proposed for Okhta to make it thinner and more elegant when seen as a distant spire from the southern Neva embankment of the city.’

RMJM's original Oktha Centre proposals.

RMJM’s original Oktha Centre proposals.

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