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Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:06 pm

The Shard, the controversial novelty skyscraper in London, was designed by Renzo Piano.

This skyscraper was in his books for many years. I could see postings of the Shard drawings on the walls of Renzo Piano architecture studio at street level on the Rue des Archives in the historical neighborhood of Le Marais in Paris. This was many years ago.

Renzo Piano first became famous for the construction of the Pompidou Center in Paris together with architect (Sir) Richard Rogers. The Pompidou Center, completed in 1977 houses the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris. It had many detractors to the point of creating a scandal fbecause of this new construction in that most historic part of Paris named Le Marais.

This is the first I knew about Renzo Piano.

http://www.evaway.fr/s3/evawayus/pho...-29-63-84-1C-0B-9C-7D-06-CC-5D.jpg

http://www.centrepompidou.fr/Pompido...FE?OpenDocument&sessionM=3.1.3&L=2

Renzo Piano also won the international competition to build Kansai International Airport (KIX) on a specially created man made artificial island in the bay of Osaka.

I was very curious about the new Osaka airport at the time and flew into KIX on opening day in September 1994. The much talked about new airport had lots of similarities with the Pompidou center in its structure and aspects. I thought it was wonderful - a feat of civil engineering by all means. There was even a Air France Concorde that had flown in for the inaugural.

http://www.architectoo.com/the-conce...g-in-kansai-international-airport/

THE SHARD

This controversial 300 meters high pyramidal skyscraper is the newest much talked about construction designed by Renzo Piano. When I first saw the drawings in Paris I never thought this building would go up in the sky in London. It seems to have taken much time for Renzo Piano to have his construction authorized and there were some changes made to the original drawings I saw in Paris at the time.

Now The Shard is built and soaring high above near the London Bridge.

Quoting the BBC page:

Towering 95 storeys high into the sky over central London, the Shard is now western Europe's tallest building.

London has a spiky new steel and glass steeple - the Shard. This elongated pyramid is currently the tallest building in the European Union at 310m...

see the video here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18438604

The Shard website:
http://the-shard.com/

The same as I went up to the viewing gallery in the Burj Khalifa in Dubai I would like to go to the viewing gallery in The Shard as it seems to offer some fabulous views of the city and the Thames river.

My question is... it is probably very nice to be inside the building but from the outside? Did London really need to have another weird skyscraper after all the controversy that was created when Sir Norman Foster built The Gherkin?

Do you find The Shard beautiful or ugly?

I like skyscrapers, not all of them and I cannot tell yet as I haven't seen it in real life. It is probably a big topic of discussion in London now that it's built, like it or not, it is there now and people will have to get used to it.

So... what do you think? Was it a good or bad idea to build this skyscraper? Is it a good addition to the city of London?

Please discuss.

        
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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:28 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
Do you find The Shard beautiful or ugly?

Neither. It's mostly inoffensive, which is good. A simple pyramid is a good shape for a skyscraper. It's not overly ornate, nor is it completely boring. There are a few elements that make it stand out, but none that stick out like a sore thumb.

London needs to start building up. European capitals in general are way too horizontal, and this leads to sprawl. I'm glad to see this change.
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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:13 pm

I've been watching the construction of the Shard for years now.

I lived and studied in London (2004-2007); I attended King's College London, Guy's Hospital campus. The Shard is rising just across the street from the very same campus where I studied.

I miss living in London, and would not mind having a flat in the Shard or somewhere near it!  

To me, the Shard looks unique and beautiful in its own way.

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Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:21 pm

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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Sat Jun 16, 2012 12:56 am

The building looks stunning, but I still don't get the name. I guess to me "shard" has a connotation of something that has jagged, rough edges. This looks sleek and smooth.
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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Sat Jun 16, 2012 1:13 am

I think it looks great. The architectural contrast between classical and contemporary is very attractive. It's one leg up the western cities will always have over the shiny all-glass skylines of Asia and the Middle East.

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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:57 am

I really like it. It looks fascinating and so intricate from each angle, certainly not your average tall rectangular skyscraper. It seems to 'stand upright' rather than 'tower over' its surroundings. The pyramid like shape should help reduce the amount of shadows at ground level (one thing I do hate about skyscrapers is all the shadows they create). I think that The Shard should be a great addition to the city of London. That said, I'm rather sceptical of the 'vertical town' claims. I guess time will tell. And I hate its name; 'The Shard' sounds terrible.


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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:44 am

I like the design, the first supertall of London does break from the rather conservative skyline and I think in an odd way it does work. It does stand out well in my view. Other interesting building include the Heron Tower and Broadgate Tower.
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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Sat Jun 16, 2012 7:25 am

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 8):
A little bit of North Korea in London, Kim would be proud.

I think it looks more like an updated version of the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco than that monstrosity in North Korea
 
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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:23 am

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 8):
A little bit of North Korea in London, Kim would be proud.

The comparison occurred to me, too. But the completed shard looks nothing like the Mother Ship Hotel in Pyongyang. Under construction, the similarities were more obvious.
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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Sat Jun 16, 2012 12:29 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 8):

A little bit of North Korea in London, Kim would be proud.

I was thinking the exact same thing...
 
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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Sat Jun 16, 2012 2:15 pm

While it's a smart-looking building, it's a pity that it's in such a central location. It's shame that London hasn't confined its skyscrapers to a location outside the city centre, much like in Paris. I know it's for commercial reasons, but very tall buildings block out a lot of daylight, and London is such a beautiful and historic city it's terrible to see it go down this road. Mega skyscrapers look great when they're built in isolation, like the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
 
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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Sat Jun 16, 2012 3:26 pm

Quoting aznmadsci (Reply 4):
I guess to me "shard" has a connotation of something that has jagged, rough edges

The name "Shard" comes from a "piece of broken glass". It does look like a large triangle of glass, with some pointy bits (not many) besides the tip.

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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:15 pm

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 12):
I know it's for commercial reasons, but very tall buildings block out a lot of daylight, and London is such a beautiful and historic city it's terrible to see it go down this road.

The part of London where it's been built was in need of regeneration.
 
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Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:27 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 14):
The part of London where it's been built was in need of regeneration.

Fine, but that can easily done with buildings more in proportion with the surroundings. It's still pretty central, and a stone's throw form the Thames, and it's easy to see how similar sized buildings could mushroom around it, unless the planners put their foot down.

There doesn't seem to be any overall plan for the city, unforuntately, and it's easy to see how, say in 50 years' time, London could be crammed with buildings of equal -- or greater -- height, losing it's character completely.
 
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Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:39 pm

Hi!

Thanks for asking and this is just my personal opinion but I don't like it at all. It reminds me so much of this hideous hotel I've seen pictures of in Pnoygyang (sp?), North Korea.



I like many of the modern buildings in London like the Gherkin but the Shard is not really to my taste.

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Sat Jun 16, 2012 11:03 pm

Absolutely horrible. I thought British people had gone against brutalist structures. Apparently not. The way it squashes a great city is ridiculous, awful.
 
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Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:03 pm

There is nothing brutalist about the shard, totally different design language.

The Shard is quite special to me, it's what drew me into a career in architecture. Many years ago I was on a school trip to The Tate in London (2003/4 IIRC), which really didn't do much for me, so I browsed the bookshop looking for something exciting and found a publication on new and upcoming London architecture. The Shard's concept renderings captured my imagination with what an intervention can do to the viewer, and from there I looking into the various sub-disciplines and chose landscape architecture, which has ultimately lead to airport design. So I have Renzo Piano to thank.


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Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:13 pm

I like the way London is introducing modern architecture which boldly contrasts against the conservative historic style of the city.

Somehow it works and helps make of London an avantgardist city transitioning to the 21st century, unlike many European cities which fiercely oppose any sort of modern buildings or towers and prefer to turn themselves into museum towns stuck in their once shiny history... *cough*Paris*cough*
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Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:30 pm

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 12):

While it's a smart-looking building, it's a pity that it's in such a central location. It's shame that London hasn't confined its skyscrapers to a location outside the city centre, much like in Paris.

But that completely obviates the purpose of a skyscraper. The purpose of a skyscraper is to increase the amount of available real estate in a given area of city. It allows a city to increase density while minimizing lateral sprawl, which has environmentally favorable implications. Skyscrapers need to be near major transport options, particularly public transport, because it is not feasible to provide parking for all of the private cars that would be required without this. They also need to be located centrally because the number of people working in them will come from all over the region.

Skyscrapers serve a functional need; they aren't simply built for decoration.

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 15):
There doesn't seem to be any overall plan for the city, unforuntately, and it's easy to see how, say in 50 years' time, London could be crammed with buildings of equal -- or greater -- height, losing it's character completely.

If London wants to continue to be a major world economic center, those buildings will be necessary.
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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:25 pm

Quoting francoflier (Reply 19):
Somehow it works and helps make of London an avantgardist city transitioning to the 21st century, unlike many European cities which fiercely oppose any sort of modern buildings or towers and prefer to turn themselves into museum towns stuck in their once shiny history... *cough*Paris*cough

Sure . . . remember Le Corbusier's plans to raze an area north of the Seine, including the Marais, and replace it with rows of 60-storey buildings built on a grid? That would have been avant-garde and forward looking at the time! Wouldn't it be forward-looking to bulldoze central Rome and build a heap of concrete and glass instead?

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 20):
Skyscrapers need to be near major transport options, particularly public transport, because it is not feasible to provide parking for all of the private cars that would be required without this.

For sure, but in a city of London's size with its extensive transport network there's no need to destroy what's left of the city's skyline. For a whle it looked like all the new tall buildings in the city were going up in the Docklands area, which I would have thought ideal, particularly with all its new infrastruture.
 
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Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:15 pm

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 21):
Sure . . . remember Le Corbusier's plans to raze an area north of the Seine, including the Marais, and replace it with rows of 60-storey buildings built on a grid?

Well there's an art to it. I don't know how building rows after rows of concrete blocks was ever considered tasteful architecture, even back then. And to be honest, it was more of a way to cheaply and quickly house thousands of inhabitants.

Urban planning and architecture has gone some way since, and there have been examples of modern buildings well and perennially integrated inside classic cities.
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And then, there is no escaping the fact that as cars get less and less popular in cities due increasing costs, pollution and traffic issues, more and more people will want to be living downtown.

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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:49 pm

I know some people were calling for a redesign of the Shard but I would much rather see one of its neighbor...

 

I'm happy to see some regeneration anywhere in the city, and Southwark is a lot better than it used to be. I look forward to seeing the positive impact this building will have. While certainly not as glorious as the Palace of Westminster or nearby Tower Bridge it has an impact of its own.
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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:21 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 1):
London needs to start building up. European capitals in general are way too horizontal, and this leads to sprawl. I'm glad to see this change.
Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 12):
While it's a smart-looking building, it's a pity that it's in such a central location. It's shame that London hasn't confined its skyscrapers to a location outside the city centre, much like in Paris. I know it's for commercial reasons, but very tall buildings block out a lot of daylight, and London is such a beautiful and historic city it's terrible to see it go down this road

Do I recall that London once had a planning regulation to keep buildings below a certain height in it's historic center, allowing tall buildings in new developed areas like the Docklands? Was it sort of an agreement rather than a regulation?

I do like the shape of the building, but seeing it there next to the Tower Bridge was jarring. I agree that the name of it is less than pleasing, I thought "The Shard" was a somewhat joking nickname for it, when in fact that's its official name. Sounds harsh, or broken. I might have suggested "The Spar" (a type of sharp crystal, or a tall mast).

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Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:39 pm

Quoting rampart (Reply 24):
Do I recall that London once had a planning regulation to keep buildings below a certain height in it's historic center, allowing tall buildings in new developed areas like the Docklands?

Close, but not quite. London has regulated certain sightlines that can not be changed. So for several locations there is a rule that you must see a certain landmark(s). Outside these sightlines pretty much anything goes.

The Shard has been build just North of Guy's hospital (see photo in reply 23). Would it be possible to build another three Shards? One East, one South and one West of Guy's? Anything that will hide that eye-sore gets my vote.
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Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:55 pm

Quoting petertenthije (Reply 25):
Close, but not quite. London has regulated certain sightlines that can not be changed. So for several locations there is a rule that you must see a certain landmark(s). Outside these sightlines pretty much anything goes.

That's it, thanks for the refresher.

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Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:06 pm

Quoting jetblast (Reply 23):
I know some people were calling for a redesign of the Shard but I would much rather see one of its neighbor...

Now THAT is brutalism. But I don't find it ugly.

Glass buildings are supposed to be graceful. I suppose I'll withdraw. Shard has an interesting look. Kind of shocking. But, the WTC in New York would have been equally if not more shocking, back in the day.
 
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Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:51 am

It is a creative version of the Transamerica design.

I think it will take some years before we know if it is an achievement or an eyesore. But I'll give it a chance.
 
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Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:54 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 1):
London needs to start building up. European capitals in general are way too horizontal, and this leads to sprawl.

As opposed to what, Hong Kong?   Urban sprawl is nowhere as bad as in America, and most of the large cities there have skylines..
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Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:41 am

Quoting Flighty (Reply 26):
Now THAT is brutalism. But I don't find it ugly.

It's bleeding hideous in person...all that concrete and the constant rain in London leads to a lot of dirt streaking down parts of the building and it just looks wretched.

Although I know the time where this kind of architecture was pioneered has long passed, still one of the most beautiful buildings in London....



I guess such architecture being created today would be considered 'uncool' and not 'next-level' enough.
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Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:42 pm

As a Londoner I see this building almost every day. I think it's great. It's a big thumbs up for the south Thames area as all the new skyscrapers tend to go up only in the City.

There is something about it that draws the eye like no other building in London (apart from the Gherkin). Almost everyone I know was looking for every new floor to be finished.

I believe the deal was that the builders of the Shard had to undertake a renovation of London Bridge Station as well as p[art of their investment.
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Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:25 pm

Quoting jetblast (Reply 22):

I know some people were calling for a redesign of the Shard but I would much rather see one of its neighbor...

Guys Hospital is getting a re-cladding at the moment, I did see some renders somewhere not too long ago and unfortunately it looked even worse!

As for the Shard, I love it! I commute though London Bridge quite a lot and during it's construction I would walk around to see its progress before catching my train. Such a great addition to the skyline.
 
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Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:46 pm

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 31):
Guys Hospital is getting a re-cladding at the moment, I did see some renders somewhere not too long ago and unfortunately it looked even worse!

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Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:00 pm

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 31):
Guys Hospital is getting a re-cladding at the moment, I did see some renders somewhere not too long ago and unfortunately it looked even worse!

No way! It's certainly nothing great, but its definitely an improvement:
http://www.willfox.com/images/skyscrapers/guyshospital/reclad.jpg
 
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Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:57 am

This thread (like any thread about London) is making me really homesick for London, my home from 2004-2007!

Guy's Hospital Tower (yes, some say it's London's ugliest building) is part of my alma mater, King's College London. On floors 27 and 28 of the tower were the home of the Department of Orthodontics and Craniofacial Development, where I began my studies in this field (a field dear to my heart).

The rest of the Guy's Hospital campus was also where I studied anatomy, embryology, etc. I loved its historic buildings, ranging from 1739 through the early 2000s in architectural styles.

When I was attending there, there was no Shard. What I remember was the Southwark Towers rising over the London Bridge station concourse, and there was another tall building (I forget its name) rising from the roadway and bus station area of London Bridge station.

I first heard about the Shard project before I moved to London in 2004, and I was quite excited. Even though I did not get to see it "born" in person whilst I was in London, I am now living the experience vicariously whilst I am out here in San Francisco.

Even though I will always fondly remember Guy's Hospital Tower as it was when I was there, I hope the recladding design will be an improvement on its aged, tired exterior.

Hopefully, before long, I will return at least for a visit to London and revisit my old haunts (King's College London Guy's Hospital campus) and visit the Shard myself.

I have a dream that I will someday move back to London (if my career in craniofacial research provides such an opportunity) and have my own flat or home of some type somewhere in central London. At multimillion-pound prices, the flats in the Shard itself are a bit out of reach, but I can dream! I could live high in the sky, overlooking my world-favourite city.

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Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:27 am

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 15):

And that building now looks like this, amazingly.

 
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Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:26 pm

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 35):
And that building now looks like this, amazingly.



Ah, so much better!  
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Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:43 pm

It would be a fantastic experience to stay in the Ryugyong hotel.
It will most probably be empty most of the time apart from government officials wining and dining their concubines and agents keeping an eye on the few tourists staying there.

Dozens of deserted floors, disabled lifts.... I'm guessing none of the 5 revolving restaurants will be be revolving for long.

That is if it stays up. It was riddled with structural issues initially. I suppose the new investors saw to that...?

Unfortunately, I think this will just become the World's most expensive cellphone tower.
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Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:06 am

I was last in London in 1982 and thought it was a beautiful city. Loved the architecture. I think The Shard compliments London!

Not like that building that looks like a damn butt plug! Is that the one called "The Gherkin"? Now that's just plain ugly!   
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Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:00 am

Quoting fridgmus (Reply 38):

Not like that building that looks like a damn butt plug! Is that the one called "The Gherkin"? Now that's just plain ugly!

I do not like the "Gherkin".

Sir Norman Foster (Lord Foster of Thames Bank) is certainly one of today's most famous architects but I will never understand how/why London city planners allowed that "thing" to be built.

Millau Viaduct is fantastic
http://www.leviaducdemillau.com/en_index.php#/phototheque/

but the "Gherkin"?

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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:09 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 39):
I do not like the "Gherkin".

I quite like the Gherkin..

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 39):
Millau Viaduct is fantastic

and I also like the Millau bridge.. tried driving across the bridge a few years ago.. very cool!
 
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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Sat Jun 23, 2012 12:10 am

Quoting kngkyle (Reply 33):
No way! It's certainly nothing great, but its definitely an improvement:

Now that does look good, clearly the idea is make it complement the Shard and its under construction neighbour 'The Place' but I think that's one of the older renders, the design that was eventually approved looks something like this.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/16583702@N04/5605382709/

The blue around the tower is just horrible.
 
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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:00 am

Quoting kngkyle (Reply 33):
No way! It's certainly nothing great, but its definitely an improvement

Lipstick on a pig is still a pig . . .

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 35):
And that building now looks like this, amazingly.

WOW! Now that is some transformation!

While the Shard is a fine looking building, it's way out of scale for its location. Modern architecture can look very well next to old, provided it's to scale. The architects of London's City Hall got it spot on:

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y193/Braybuddy/untitled3-6.jpg

Somehow I can't see the Shard being much (if it's even around then) on the tourist trail in 2112 . . .
 
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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:09 pm

Latest Shard news!

The Shard to open for business... Tomorrow 5 July with a spectacular Laser show!

I hope some of you can be there and take pictures/make videos... and please enjoy!!!!

  

All light on the night: laser show will announce 72-floor £450m Shard is open for business

A spectacular laser show projected onto the Shard next week will be the signal to Londoners that the tower is open for business.

This image released to the Standard shows how the night-time display will light up the city, with 12 lasers and 30 searchlights connecting the latest addition to the skyline with other buildings including the Gherkin, the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and Tate Modern.

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/londo...-is-open-for-business-7895934.html

I bet Renzo Piano will be a very happy man tomorrow!

I wish the Shard a long, happy and successful life in London with lots of visitors to its viewing galleries!!

  
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
 
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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:06 pm

Here's a 360 degree view from the top of the building.. beautiful!

http://www.the-shard.com/views/360.html
 
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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:28 pm

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 44):
Here's a 360 degree view from the top of the building.. beautiful!

http://www.the-shard.com/views/360.html

Great find and a great view indeed!

It will be wonderful to be up there in the viewing gallery looking all around and probably seeing airplanes coming and going as many fly over London to land at Heathrow.

Does anyone have an idea of what is up with the Battersea Power Station refurbishment project?

There was a plan for another skyscraper to be a part of the new project that would create an equilibrium with the Shard.

Oh... and the Shard had its own hackers!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/ap...shard-hacking-group-sneak-building

I wonder if the Burj Khalifa Franco-British base jump team will make an attempt at this new London landmark?

Editing:
Someone has already base jumped the Shard. He even filmed himself jumping off the skyscraper!
See the video on the Telegraph page:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/news...ting-off-The-Shard-four-times.html


    

[Edited 2012-07-04 12:34:59]
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
 
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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:53 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 45):
Great find and a great view indeed!

Credits to my dad  
 
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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:57 pm

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 40):
tried driving across the bridge a few years ago

So you tired driving over, what stopped you from completing it? Did you get scared in the middle and turn back?
 
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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:16 pm

Quoting kiwirob (Reply 47):

Well I tried and I succeded.. So I went back in the other direction after I had crossed the bridge once  
 
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RE: Let's Talk Architecture: The Shard In London!

Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:51 am

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 15):


Thanks for asking and this is just my personal opinion but I don't like it at all. It reminds me so much of this hideous hotel I've seen pictures of in Pnoygyang (sp?), North Korea.



I like many of the modern buildings in London like the Gherkin but the Shard is not really to my taste.

Many thanks,

Pierre

Is that hotel in North Korea actually occupied ?



Looks unfinished.
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