The London Shard rises! Europe’s tallest skyscraper climbs higer

The London Shard reaches for the sky

Originally called the ‘London Bridge Tower’, and then the ‘Shard London Bridge’ and ‘Shard of Glass’ before most people settled on describing it as ‘The Shard,’ this elegant skyscraper is set to be the tallest building in London, the United Kingdom and the European Union.

The Shard rises! Iconic London skyscraper underway

The view from Bankside, Sept 12th, 2010.

The London Shard reaches for the sky

Similar view, September 25th, 2010.

The Shard rises! Iconic London skyscraper underway

Set for completion in 2012, the pointy tower will stand at 310 m (1,017 ft) tall and boast 72 floors, plus 15 further radiator floors in the roof, with architect Renzo Piano incorporating structural design lessons learnt from the 9/11 WTC collapses.

The London Shard reaches for the sky

View from near Nunhead, south London, showing how the Shard will dominate London’s skyline.

The London Shard reaches for the sky

More photos and info:

The Shard rises! Iconic London skyscraper underway [Sept 15th]
The London Shard reaches for the sky [Sept 27th]

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