Akhmat Tower in Grozny, Russia. Renderings courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, photo courtesy Smart Building.
Thornton Tomasetti is providing the structural design for the Akhmat Tower project, which will ultimately reach a height of 435 meters and consist of 100 plus stories. The architectural massing of the building was inspired by the Nakh watchtowers of the Northern Caucuses, and is surrounded by a dramatic eight-point canopy that draws inspiration from Islamic architecture. Upon completion, Akhmat Tower will be the world’s tallest seismic special moment frame structure in addition to being the tallest building in Europe.
A Highly Robust, Yet Lightweight Solution
The tower is being built in one of most active seismic regions in the world that is also home to extremely high wind speeds, which necessitated the use of a highly robust, yet lightweight lateral system solution that incorporates the use of specially detailed RBS beams. In order to resist the intense lateral demands, the design utilized the most sophisticated analysis techniques including a performance based design approach and nonlinear response history analyses that incorporate historical earthquake records to validate the performance of the structure. A combination of both Russian steel and specialty high-strength steel is utilized for the structural framing elements of the perimeter moment frame tube to minimize the seismic weight of the system and achieve the elegant, yet robust, system desired.
A Mixed-Use Beacon
The mixed-use building will house retail and parking at the base, office space, a world class hotel and dramatic ballroom, serviced apartments, and luxury residential units. A museum and public space will be housed within a signature steel and glass crown at the top of the tower that offers magnificent views of Grozny and the surrounding mountain ranges in addition to the neighboring Sunzha River that traverses through the city itself and borders the site.
Construction Progress Update, 9/20/2016
• Tower foundation piling works is complete
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