The Shard 2012: the Opening

The opening of The Shard, Europe’s tallest building, in London: 6 July 2012. I took the pictures from the northern riverside near Monument Station and nearby.







From the Guardian, 23 facts about the Shard:


• The Shard is 309.6 metres (1,016ft) high.

• The building reached its top height on 19 June.

• It has 11,000 glass panels.

• The area of the glass façade is 56,000 sq metres (602,779 sq ft), which equals eight football pitches.

• There are 44 lifts, including double-decker lifts.

• There are 306 flights of stairs.

• The total floor space is 11 hectares (27 acres).

• 95% of the construction materials are recycled.

• 20% of the steelwork is from recycled sources.

• The design was influenced by the irregular nature of the site.

• Each facet forms a shard, a plane of glass gently inclined inwards, rising towards the top.

• The corners of the development are open and the shards do not touch, allowing the building to “breathe”.

• There are 72 habitable floors.

• A further 15 levels will make up the “spire”. Six have the potential to be used, while another nine are exposed to the elements.

• The ground-floor Shard Plaza will be a public area with seating and planting.

• The second floor will be a 460 sq metre retail space with retail units opening out onto the concourse of London Bridge Station.

• The fourth to 28th floors will have 55,000 sq metres of offices and winter gardens.

• The 31st to 33rd floors will have 2,700 sq metres of international restaurants, centred on a triple-height atrium.

• The 34th to 52nd floors will house the Shangri-La Hotel and Spa, with 200 luxuriously appointed rooms across 18,000 sq metres.

• The 53rd to 65th floors will have 10 exclusive residences with 360-degree views across London over a total of 5,800 sq metres.

• The 68th to 72nd floors will be the public observation galleries. The 1,400-sq-metre View from the Shard will open in February 2013.

• The Shard is the tallest building in Europe.

• It is the 59th tallest building in the world, around 2.7 times shorter than the tallest, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which is 252.4 metres high.


5 thoughts on “The Shard 2012: the Opening

    • I actually quite like it. Anyway, regardless of what you think of the building, I think it’s entirely inappropriate to wish it to become a target for terrorists. It’s an entirely useless provocation, in my opinion, which can offend a great number of people.

      • 1) Just because some opinion “can offend a great number of people” doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be allowed to be expressed. A lot of people are offended by atheism, equal rights for women, the presumption of innocence and so on.
        2) Maybe the attack on the Shard Tower could be combined with the terrorist attack on the London Olympics. I had already expressed why I sincerely hope this would happen:
        3) Of course it would be good if the attack would happen when the tower is empty. I don’t want people to die.

      • 1) I have allowed you to express your opinion by not removing your comment and publishing it on my blog. The comparisons you make are completely wrong – what you are saying is that you wish that something like 9/11 were to occur in London. I would rather compare your statement to that of someone wishing the Holocaust repeated itself. The gravity lies not in the fact it offends a great number of people, but in the fact that it incites the commission of a criminal offence on a large scale causing property damage and potentially deaths of many people.

        2) I will not click on your link because I think it is a ridiculous claim to provoke and get more clicks on your blog – thus I will not click on it to find out what distorted ideas you have.

        3) I am glad you do not want people to die. I was starting to question your sanity.

        Please let’s leave this conversation to this. I do not want to argue nor start deleting comments, but I am not willing to give any room on my blog to comments inciting terrorism offences or anything related to them. I must make it clear to any reader that I entirely disassociate myself from your opinions and ideas.

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