There is no doubt about it. The Shard is going to be absolutely exquisite when it is finished in 2012. Here are some press images that were released a couple of years ago. You can see more plus videos and models at the site London Bridge Quarter - The Shard - London Bridge Place.
The skyline will be greatly altered (you can click on the image for a larger resolution).
The Shard will emerge from behind City Hall and will look like a shard of glass going into the sky.
We will finally be able to walk along the street level again and on the piazzas between the buildings.
The Shard will feature super snazzy apartments…
… and state of the art offices.
When The Shard is competed in 2012, it will be the tallest skyscraper in the United Kingdom. It will stand at 310 metres tall (1,017 feet) and will have 72 floors plus 15 radiator floors on the roof.
The project architect is Renzo Piano and he has designed the building to look like a shard of glass. The building will have a public viewing gallery at the top and is expected to draw two million visitors a year. I’d just like to put it out there that I would love to be amongst the privileged group of people that gets to preview the viewing deck.
I, for one, cannot wait to see it when it is finished. I do, however, find it makes me think rather silly things. For example, “Oh look! There is even place for the Four Horsemen to land” and “We have a Gherkin, an Onion and now we have a Toothpick!” I will try my best not to come up with any more witty remarks.