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: 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 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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