Lakhta Center Book Launch

Tony Kettle has arrived in St Petersburg ahead of the VII St Petersburg Cultural Forum, where he will participate in the panel discussion “Architecture as a Face of the Nation: Creating National Identity Through Large-Scale Architectural Projects.” Prior to the Cultural Forum, Tony and Colin attended the launch of the new Lakhta Center book in St Petersburg, where Tony spoke to the audience about the design of the Lakhta Center having been honoured to have written the foreword for the…

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CTBUH Lakhta Tower: Landmark as Generator for Polycentric Growth

On Monday, Tony Kettle presented at the CTBUH 2018 International Conference. This years conference is focused on Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism. Tony’s talk titled the Lakhta Tower: Landmark as Generator for Polycentric Growth, focused on the Lakhta Tower in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The Lakhta Tower, which Tony designed while Design Director at RMJM, became Europe’s Tallest Tower in early 2018. Tony described his interest in the numbering systems that create natural forms and how it has influenced…

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CTBUH 2018 Polycentric Cities and The Future of Vertical Urbanism Conference

This October, Tony Kettle will be presenting on behalf of Kettle Collective at this year’s Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Conference. The seminal event will take place from 20th till the 25th October in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The conference itself will be held at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. As Architects who work daily in the Middle East and Dubai, our team understand the effects of Polycentric Cities. From our experience of developments all over the…

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Friday Forum #16 | St Petersburg Visit

For our 16th Friday Forum, Tony presented his recent trip to St Petersburg to the team. As previously frequent visitors to Russia, this was Tony and Colin’s first visit to Saint Petersburg in four years. In 2014, they visited Lakhta Centre’s site in the early stages of construction. Upon invitation from Gazprom, the visit in July 2018 marked the completion of the external facade, with the removal of the construction cranes from site. Lakhta Centre Site Visit Tony and Colin…

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Tony Kettle Visits Lakhta Centre Site

On day two of the Saint Petersburg trip, Tony and Colin headed to the Lakhta Centre site. This was an incredible experience for them, as they were involved in the tower during the concept. Tony spoke at the IV International Spatial Forum, alongside Alexander Bobkov and Sergey Nikorovov, marking the completion of the towers facade. As Author of the Design of Lakhta Centre, Tony spoke of the origin of the design and it’s association and connection from natural forms. Share…

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ISD Forum Saint Petersburg, Russia 2018

Yesterday, Tony and Colin flew to Saint Petersburg, Russia for a trip to see the progress of our Gazprom Lakhta Centre project. While in Russia, Tony Kettle was asked to speak at the ISD Forum in Saint Petersburg on the 18th of June. He was invited to speak in the closing session of the day, titled “Petersburg 2103: A Retrospective Of The Future”. The session was part of the “business program of the IV International spatial development forum.” For more…

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Lakhta Centre Becomes Europe’s Tallest Building

Tony Kettle’s Lakhta Centre, currently under construction, has now overtaken Europe’s tallest building to become the tallest building in Europe. Due to be completed at 462 metres tall, the Lakhta Centre will be the 11th tallest tower in the world upon completion. The inspiration for the Lakhta Centre tower design comes from the concept of energy in water with the form of the building deriving its shape from the changing nature of water, ever changing light and reflections. To find…

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International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox visits Kettle Collective

The Secretary of State visited Kettle Collective, a world class innovative architectural firm which has won a series of prestigious awards since starting in 2012, including The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. Kettle Collective exports 96% of its work, with overseas sales growth of 450% over the last three years designing flagship projects in countries including Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Kettle Collective Managing Director, Colin Bone said: “It was a great honour to welcome Dr Liam Fox to…

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