The Shard – Adding greater height to London’s dynamic landscape.
London has a magnificent landscape, which is brimming with landmarks that are recognisable across the world. From the homely, welcoming and traditional Big Ben, to the modernist and striking with unique architectural character, Gherkin, the dizzyingly heady diversity of London’s inspiring landscape reflects the city’s unique amalgamation of old and traditional versus modern and avant-garde.
If we are talking about avant-garde London landmarks, the Shard cannot go ignored. This truly immense London skyscraper is the tallest building in Europe, standing at a whopping 309.6 metres high.
This awe-inspiring building was designed by the Italian Pritzker Prize winning architect, Renzo Piano, and the construction of this thrilling building was not completed until March this year.
Located in Southwark, the Shard replaced Southwark Towers, which were completed in 1975 and were the former home of PriceWaterHouseCoopers.
The building has 72 habitable floors as well as an open-air observation deck at the top and a truly tremendous viewing gallery on the 72nd floor, which, being the tallest building in Europe let alone London naturally provides some breathtaking views of the city below.
Asides from its sheer height, what makes the Shard such a striking and eye-catching building, is its irregular pyramidal shape and the fact that it is clad entirely in glass.
In July this year, to mark the official opening of the Shard, a light show was launched from the building that shot flashes of light and laser beams across London in a show known as ‘The Shard of Light’.
With a restaurant also placed on the Shard’s 72nd floor, this inspiring London landmark is expected to attract thousands of visitors each year to go and marvel at London’s truly dynamic landscape from a building that is surpassed nowhere in Europe in height.