The Shard

Renzo Piano Building Workshop, London, 2012

 

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London's tallest building, the 72-storey, glazed pyramid is located beside London Bridge Station on the south bank of the river Thames

The mixed-use building is divided vertically with offices on the lower floors; restaurants, public spaces and a hotel located on the middle floors; and private apartments at the top of the tower. The final floors accommodate a viewing gallery, 240m above street level.

The exterior of the building is constructed of eight sloping glass 'shards', that define the shape of the tower. Opening vents in the gaps between the facades, provide natural ventilation to winter gardens.

As part of the project, a section of London Bridge Station’s concourse was also redeveloped.

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  • Completed: May 2012
  • Floor area: 126,350m2
  • Sector: Office
  • Total cost: £600M
  • Address: 32 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9SG, United Kingdom

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