I cannot now imagine London without The Shard... it is arguably the greatest and most beautifully sky reaching building to be erected in London since St Paul’s Cathedral.SIR NORMAN ROSENTHAL
We set out to create more than a landmark. A spire rising 95 storeys above the Thames, The Shard is transformative placemaking at its best. It continues to set benchmarks for architecture and construction across the globe.
Our vision was ambitious in the extreme: a striking vertical city that could not only win over the hearts of the British public but change perceptions of what a sky-scraper could be; how it could function and what it could represent. Typically, skyscrapers were dedicated to residential or office use, but we wanted The Shard to be different: an entire community, with multiple areas that the public could interact with, and take in the building and its magnificent views.
It’s now a thriving community of intelligent living, working and experiential spaces, and is home to many diverse global businesses, the five-star Shangri-La Hotel, award-winning restaurants, luxury residences and a public viewing gallery.
This is my vision…. a vertical city for thousands of people to work in and enjoy, for millions to take to their heart.
Construction of such a tall building in the historic heart of the capital would need a new way of thinking. When the project began, no one in the UK had ever worked at this height before, and with a build timescale of 38 months, we worked with Renzo Piano and partners Mace and WSP to completely rethink the basic principles of construction in order to deliver the project.
Renzo Piano was inspired by the spires of London’s historic churches and the masts of its ships when he dreamed up his plans for The Shard. He imagined something that could have risen from the Thames itself, and so it is: with 11,000 panes of glass and a total surface area equivalent to almost eight Wembley football pitches.
London’s highest and best view is situated at the top of The Shard, on floors 68, 69 and 72. At almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in the capital, it offers visitors unparalleled 360-degree views for up to 40 miles.
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