London- (2012) The Shard a new Symbol for the capital


Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, and financed by a vast investment from Qatar, The Shard will be the European Union’s tallest building when completed in 2012. 310 meters, 87 floors, a cone of light, entirely dressed of glass’s panels. The Shard is now the tallest building in London. Even in its incomplete state it is already dominating London’s skyline. it is found next to St Paul’s Cathedral, that dominated London’s skyline for more than 200 years, it is already being dwarfed in terms of size by The Shard.

The master, Renzo Piano designed the Shard as a “ Vertical City”, more than 45% has already been pre_led to the Shangri La Hotel and to Trasport for London. The London Bridge Quarter, will comprise two buildings, The Shard and London Bridge Palace, covering a total of about 14 m sq ft, The Shard will have 586,509 sq. ft of office along with a five star Hotel, restaurant and residential apartments. The Hotel will be the first ever Shangri-La Hotel in the United Kingdom, and will be located between the 34 and 52 floors.

In January 2008, it was announced that a consortium of Qatari investors had paid £75m to secure an 80% stake and take control of the project. The new owners have promised to provide the first tranche of finance, meaning construction of the tower. His site was a cramped piece of space next to London Bridge station, then occupied by a brownish, 1970s structure, the 24-storey Southwark Towers.

The location was a poor relation of the City, just across the Thames, but it was one favoured by the London Plan, drawn up under the then mayor Ken Livingstone. It would replace Southwark Towers, a 24-storey office building which was completed in 1976. The tower would stand 310 metres (1,016 feet) tall and have 72 floors, plus 15 further radiator floors in the roof, making it the tallest building in the country. Renzo Piano, the building’s architect, worked together with architectural firm Broadway Malyan during the planning stage of the project.


After a lengthy public inquiry, the collaboration successfully achieved its objective, and the developers were granted full planning permission in November 2003 The guardian said that, The Shard is a symbol of the inexorable march of economics, either. It is not a pure expression of land values or of profit-and-loss calculations. It’s more eccentric than that, something that popped through a gap in London’s wonky, many-layered planning system, where opinion and discussion counts for more than clear rules, and where many years and hundreds of thousands of pounds are spent deliberating arbitrary questions of taste. Inspired by London’s church spires and the sails of former ships which moored on the Thames The Shard is London’s newest and tallest building, but at The Prince of Wales Charles doesn’t like it, he is conservative very, says that, The Shard, remember a table saltcellar, but, maybe the images show the contrary.

Shard London Bridge Tower

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Shard London Bridge
Location 32 London Bridge Street
Status Site under going Demolition
Antenna/Spire 310 meters (1,016 feet)
Roof 310 meters (1,016 feet)
Technical details
Floor count 87 (Including Radiator floors)
Floor area 111,400 m²
Architect Renzo Piano
Arup (up to Planning Approval Stage, also building services), WSP Cantor Seinuk (from Planning Approval Stage)
Developer Sellar Property Group

 draft of Renzo Piano []