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Lakhta Center, Europe’s Tallest Skyscraper Is Nearly Complete

Europe’s tallest skyscraper is nearly finished!

The Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg, Russia is nearly finished after construction began in 2012. At a mighty 1,516 feet (462 meters), the 87-story twisted skyscraper clinches the title of the tallest building on the continent from Moscow’s Federation Tower.

The structure is one of the tallest examples of a twisted skyscraper in the world. The new needle-shaped construction, which includes a 2,000-seater amphitheater, will be the 13th tallest building in the world.

The 87-story Lakhta Center is the tallest building in Europe.

The facade of Lakhta Center is produced using 16,500 individual sheets of glass that have been fitted with automatic screens and valves in an effort to decrease heat loss.

Before handing the project over to be completed by Russian architects Gorproject, British architect Tony Kettle designed the tower during the time he was a resident at RMJM.

More than 20,000 workers from 18 different countries have been involved in its construction.

St. Petersburg’s Peter and Paul Cathedral inspired Kettle during the designing process of the skyscraper.

He said:

“My sense was very much to create something that was as light and elegant as the historical forms, capturing the changes in daylight in a similar way to that of the golden domes and spires … The tower was designed as a simple organic spire with asymmetrical movement in its skin, to be seen as a singular landmark at city scale.”

The amazing construction will tower over St. Petersburg in Russia.

The Russian gas giant Gazprom, who will make the building their headquarter, plans to move in by the end of 2019.

Architect Philip Nikandrov said:

“The HQ will occupy around one-third of the total area, with another third reserved for public facilities which will include a multi-purpose hall, retail space, medical and fitness centers, and a science museum with a planetarium.”

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A Historical Glance at 18 Famous Magazines’ First Issues

Check out the humble beginnings of your favorite mags.

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All popular magazines have come a long way to get to where they are today. It has been years and their pages have published numerous issues that give us a hint about the world before.

Today, we will go back in time and browse history through the very first issues that have been published by these well-known magazines.

#1. Time - March 3, 1923

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7 Unusual Viking Rituals

The Vikings had interesting practices for everything from birth to the afterlife.

People might know Vikings as Norse warriors who once tried to take over England. After all, what we know about the Vikings actually comes from other people's accounts on the seafarers. Although the Vikings didn't have a lot of written history, some accounts about these mysterious people reveal that they had some unusual rituals.

Since most of our knowledge about Vikings is based on an outsider's perspective, there is a possibility that the accounts might be inaccurate. Nevertheless, it didn't stop the History Channel series Vikings from showing some of the strange rituals the Norsemen may have followed.

Here are seven interesting rituals practiced by the Vikings ranging from birth to the afterlife....

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5 Signs You Are An Overprotective Parent

“If you’ve always rescued your child… he’ll lack the experience and confidence to get by in the real world.”

Ask any father or mother and they'll all tell you the same thing: parenting is not as easy as it looks. Most of the time, your days will be filled with making decisions, whether big or small, that you hope will ultimately be for your child's best.

If you are not careful, you might even fall into the tendency of being an overprotective parent and that is never a good thing.

In a Psychology Today article, author and psychotherapist Amy Morin warned: ...

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