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The Shard, London, United Kingdom

Thursday 03 Dec 2009

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Sellar Developments 
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05/03/10 cameronpaul, london
Looks much better than some of the other high rise buildings planned for London. Think it will be a worthy new addition to the skyline. Hopefully that monstorous Guys Hospital buildig nearby will be torn down when the new building is finished, it will really show it up to the crap that it is.
22/12/09 Diego, London
I think the Shard is a wonderful volume and place London into the future considering the city landscape. I'm a lover of old architecture as well as contemporary one. The important fact is quality, it must be there always. The problem about contemporary arcitecture is tha it seems whe have lost the elements which let us to measure it: before it was proportions, scale, classic styles, relation between forms, etc ..nowadays all is blurr and confuss.

Considering the awfuls new building that are rising this offers a shape that despite its volumen is not agressive to the beauty of London. My only concern is the relation between the pedestrians and the lower levels. This is something London has not been very generous dealing with.
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09/12/09 Temoor Ahmad, Madrid
The only resemblance this tower has to KPF's 123 is that it is very very tall.

The Shard is absolutely beautiful - and the thing which separates this tower from just about any other is the way it meets the ground. Piano is a genius for his sensitivity to light, proportion and component assembly and that fact he can take on a project this size only confirms the robustness of his approach to architecture.
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08/12/09 Bill, Palm Springs
It bear an unfortunate resemblance to the 123 tower by KPF to be built in Seoul.


London's Shard continues skyward 

Despite the credit crunch, despite the collapse of half of the world’s financial system, despite the latest credit crisis in Dubai, the Shard, Europe’s tallest tower continues to rise out of the ground. That was the message from Sellar, the developer at their London press briefing this week.

The developers and their Qatari Royal family backers were so confident of progress that even now, some 18 months into the site phase, they reaffirmed the completion date as the 14th May, 2012. No slippage here, not a day. Caught up in the moment, one journalist asked if they had a time on the 14th. Outside, Mace the main contractors were lifting steels for the core and part of the exterior wall, focused on their target to deliver over 1.5 floors per week leading to a topping out planned for the end of 2010.

Joking aside, it is a monumental moment for London. The Shard, or the London Bridge Quarter as it has grown into, now encompassing the adjoining building, the new bus station, rail station platform and the Thameslink rail viaduct is the largest urban regeneration London has seen since the war. The complex will deliver one million square feet of floor space, 50% of it pre-let. The developer brushed aside onslaughts from Peter Bill of Estates Gazette questioning the value of the works and others fretting about the un-let space with an assurance that, thanks to the backing of the Qataris, “we are in no hurry to market the remaining space, in fact we are not actually offering the space at the moment.”

By this time next year, all being well, London will have the biggest Christmas tree in Europe.

Key Facts

Status Under construction
Value Undisclosed(m€)
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Renzo Piano Building Workshop

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