Europe's tallest tower wins Emporis Skyscraper Award


The Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg has been awarded the prestigious Emporis Skyscraper Award. The tower’s vertical mobility is powered by Schindler.

At 462 meters high, the Laktha Tower is Europe’s tallest building. It provides office space to thousands of office workers and visitors every day. In such a building, elevators are not an afterthought.

Under the helm of Donald John, who led the project for Schindler and has almost 50 years of experience under his belt at the company, Schindler has helped shape the vertical transit experience of employees and visitors alike – a top priority from the start - contributing its innovative and eco-friendly solutions to this formidable structure.

Among the 40 elevators and four escalators delivered, 16 are Schindler 7000 double-deck elevators, one of which has been customized to serve the planetarium on the 83rd floor exclusively.

Energy efficiency and Schindler PORT Technology

Moreover, Schindler solutions have contributed to the Laktha Tower becoming a LEED Platinum building. The Schindler 7000 elevators are designed to generate electricity as they move and for Lakhta Center the result is an energy savings of up to 25%. In addition, soon to be incorporated to the building will be Schindler PORT Technology, Schindler’s intelligent and highly adaptable transit management system to help optimize traffic flow as well as energy consumption.

Fast forward to today, and the Lakhta Tower soars into the sky, redefining the skyline of St. Petersburg. The Emporis Skyscraper Award is the world's most renowned awards for high-rise architecture; the recipient is recognized for its excellence in aesthetic and functional design.
Despite the complexities resulting from such a large building site (challenges included the lead time allotted for elevator installation as well as extreme weather), Donald’s team has made sure everything arrived on schedule and adhered to the high Swiss quality standards. "There was no time to feel proud when working onsite," said Donald, "but eventually, we were."

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