11.12.2015 ALAN has been carrying out the LEED Consultancy of the Lakhta Center Project

ALAN ENGLISH.pngOn October 2014, ALAN Architecture and Project Management and Samsung C&T concluded the contract for LEED Consultancy Services for the currently under construction project ‘Lakhta Center Complex’ in St. Petersburg, which includes the next tallest building in Europe. On June 2015, on the 8th month of the total 42 month consultancy period, with the help of ALAN Architecture and Project Management, both buildings in the complex were awarded with ‘LEED GOLD Precertification’.

The Lakhta Center is a mixed-use public, business and an educational complex which consists of the 462 meter-tall tower and the multifunctional building; which will be the headquarters of Gazprom Neft Company and its subsidiaries. The center represents a self-consistent spatial composition with a vertical dominance. Dynamics of the architectural composition reflect water motion and energy, the very same natural element which forms the ideology of St. Petersburg being the Russian seaport capital and a “window to Europe”. Strategic position of Lakhta Center at the cost of the Gulf of Finland and especially the positioning of its high altitude dominant, being a kind of light tower, clearly seen from the whole water basin of Neva Bay of approximately 380 square kilometers, including the newly built cruise terminal, will create a new sea facade of St. Petersburg forming original sea gates at the city line.

The total area of the buildings and facilities is 400,000m2, more than half of the areas will be designated for public use, and the center’s accessibility for everyone is a crucial point on the design. At the same time, more than 50% of the site is designated for greenery and landscaping. An open amphitheater with 2000 seats and green promenade areas are included in the landscape design.  The site’s location was critically decided on the former industrial zone to improve the ecological situation of the area, besides restoring the damaged natural areas, the complex could help with the problem of preserving the migration stops of migrating birds in Nevskaya guba.

The concept of a new district in Lakhta is aimed primarily at reducing the energy consumption and green transportation. With the implementation of double façade skin and buffer zones, both heat insulation and natural ventilation would reduce the heating and cooling consumptions drastically. Moreover, all the buildings of the complex would consist sensors to adjust the interior lighting considering the daylight conditions of St. Petersburg. Sensors would also be implemented to the plumbing system to reduce water consumption. On the transportation side, an express light rail system to the district would be implied to the development, additionally, a water transport system would be launched on the coast of the Gulf, which would reduce the carbon dioxide emission significantly.

Smart waste disposal system is an essential part of the development, considering the total waste quantity of the complex is approximately 3,433,498 tons / year. A vacuum waste disposal system would be introduced to the complex, which includes collection and transportation systems, reducing carbon dioxide emissions, implement recycling and waste disposal is  required by 20 times less frequent than in a conventional system.

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