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The Shard, London

The Shard, also referred to as the Shard of Glass, Shard London Bridge and formerly London Bridge Tower, is a 95-storey skyscraper in Southwark, London, that forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development. Standing 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) high, the Shard is the tallest building in the United Kingdom, the 105th tallest building in the world, and the fourth tallest building in Europe. It is also the second-tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, after the concrete tower at the Emley Moor transmitting station.

The Shard's construction began in March 2009; it was topped out on 30 March 2012 and inaugurated on 6 July 2012. Practical completion was achieved in November 2012. The tower's privately operated observation deck, the View from the Shard, was opened to the public on 1 February 2013. The glass-clad pyramidal tower has 72 habitable floors, with a viewing gallery and open-air observation deck on the 72nd floor, at a height of 244.3 metres (802 ft). It was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano and replaced Southwark Towers, a 24-storey office block built on the site in 1975. The Shard was developed by Sellar Property Group on behalf of LBQ Ltd, and is jointly owned by Sellar Property and the State of Qatar.

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  • 6okolad4e
    2 years ago
    Beautiful!

    • philipsnow
      2 years ago
      Thanks! Great to have such a stunning subject!

  • Arthur Chappell
    3 years ago
    one of my favourite bits of modern architecture
    • philipsnow
      3 years ago
      Pretty staggering isn't it?
  • Dan
    3 years ago
    It really contrast with the old brick buildings ! Nice shot !
    • philipsnow
      3 years ago
      Yes, who put that there?? Thanks Dan!
  • The beauty of decay
    3 years ago
    Thanks for this interesting information, Philip.
    • philipsnow
      3 years ago
      You're very welcome! The building certainly begs questions that need answering, and I was asking them too, so..... Thanks for liking the photo!
  • Michael Flick Photography
    3 years ago
    Great shot, Philip. I like that mix of small, old fashioned buildings one one hand and this super modern skyscraper on the other.
  • wokabu
    3 years ago
    Wow, that's a tall guy!!!