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Europe’s tallest skyscraper Lakhta Center underway in St Petersburg, Russia

08 May 2014 (Last Updated May 8th, 2014 18:30)

Construction of the tallest skyscraper in Europe is underway in Russia's St Petersburg.


Construction of the tallest skyscraper in Europe is underway in Russia’s St Petersburg.

The Lakhta Center will be 463m high, surpassing the current record-holder, Moscow’s Mercury City, by around 124m.

A list of the ten tallest skyscrapers compiled by building data provider Emporis found that seven out of the ten were being constructed in Moscow.

The Lakhta Center will be followed by Vostok (Federation Tower East) at 361m high and then OKO apartment tower at 352m.

Two of the remaining four buildings are nearing completion, namely Eurasia Tower at just over 300m and Evolution Tower at 255m.

Eurasia Tower will offer exclusive apartments on its highest floors, while Evolution Tower is an attractive building that twists upward in a spiral.

In addition to Moscow, Istanbul has three buildings in the top ten list, the two 284m Skyland Towers and the 250m Metropol Tower, which will be constructed by 2016.

Although the European skyscrapers almost reach 500m, they are still far smaller than Asian examples. The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the world’s tallest building at 828m; it is higher than the combined height of Lakhta Center and Vostok (Federation Tower East).

To break the world’s tallest building record, Saudi Arabia is currently building the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, which will stand one kilometre in height and will be more than double the size of Europe’s Lakhta Center.

Image: The list of tallest skyscrapers in Europe. Photo: courtesy of Emporis.