Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The Shard

On a recent sunny day, with a lovely blue sky, I walked down to the river to the a look at The Shard, which had its formal structural completion in April.  It is the tallest building in Europe at 1,016 feet, standing on the south side of the Thames, just east of London Bridge.

The Shard was designed by Renzo Piano, who came to public attention in the 1970’s, when he co-designed with Richard Rogers the Pompidou Centre in Paris.  The Shard has 70 floors, most fitted out as offices, with ten apartments at the top.  There will also be a 200-room hotel and several restaurants. There will be a viewing gallery and observation platform at the top.  It is finished entirely in glass, and has an irregular pyramidal shape.
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And see the building's own website here:  

Seen from Tower Bridge, the Shard sits between two developments designed by Norman Foster:  More London to the right, and City Hall to the left.

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