RMJM’s designs for the development propose a new spire for the city. The inspiration for the design comes from the concept of energy in water - the site is located on the city’s main waterway the River Neva, with the form of the building deriving its shape from the changing nature of water, ever changing light, reflections and refraction. The five-sided tower twists as it rises to delicately touch the sky.
Tony Kettle, UK Managing Director of RMJM and lead architect on the project, commented:
“We are delighted to be competing for this prestigious project in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. We first worked in St Petersburg more than 12 years ago and understand the people and the place. We have created something unique and timeless, a beautiful landmark for the city, an exciting place to work which will also set new standards for energy conservation and sustainability. We believe that our design truly works for St Petersburg.
“Gazprom is one of the world’s most important energy companies and it is fitting that in a city of spires, this new spire should symbolise the importance of energy.”
RMJM’s proposal for the headquarters development also features a unique environmental strategy, which acts as a low energy ‘fur coat’. The double layered skin of the tower will allow the maximisation of daylight and the minimisation of heat loss in the extreme St Petersburg environment.
The final decision on the choice of architect for the project is expected on 1st December 2006.
RMJM is the only British architectural practice on the shortlist of 6 internationally-renowned companies commissioned to develop proposals for a 300-metre tower in the historic heart of the city, close to the Bolsheokhtinsky Bridge and Smolny Cathedral. RMJM’s designs for the development propose a new spire for the city. The inspiration for the design comes from the concept of energy in water - the site is located on the city’s main waterway the River Neva, with the form of the building...