Gallery: London’s New Shard Skyscraper Crowned the Tallest Building in ...

Renzo Piano's "The Shard" is finally complete and London is throwing a party to inaugurate this soaring new addition to the city skyline! After three years of construction of the mammoth 1,016 foot "vertical city," Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabor Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar and Prince Andrew Albert Edward, the Duke of York will jointly inaugurate Western Europe's tallest building. The nighttime celebration will include a massive laser show accompanied by two classical pieces played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and can be viewed live on The Shard's official website.

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  1. munkeyman July 5, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    I am not sure whether I am for or against skyscrapers like this but… given that we have considerable migration to urban centres and need to solve the problem of sustaining an increasing city population, I think this could be the right direction. From an urban planning perspective, it is much more efficient and logical to use well designed structures that use a variety of vertical environmental systems to reduce energy consumption and waste.
    There are many amazing ideas for development, plenty of them appear on this site every week, and if we are not going to slow urban expansion in the near future let’s design vertical cities that save the landscape and promote smart living.
    That being said, I am not privy to the contents of the Shard and how it is being used. I would imagine there is some simple and beneficial features but not as many as we would like to see in such a new building.

  2. zoltanbod July 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    If the state of Qatar would invest a million or so into a car designed for the future where cars get 150mpg… such as the Zoleco ….that would make a statement worthy of the history books…this tallest building stuff is just fluff.

  3. Ace July 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    By the way, they’re charging £25 for entering it to look at London’s skyline.

  4. Ace July 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    O joy. (NOT!) This monstrosity has ruined London’s skyline and is nothing more than the result of some person’s gigantic ego – or maybe many egos who wish to destroy London and assert their power over it. Thus far, no one has signed up to live or work in it, according to the news. So this will be a massive loss for whoever backed it – Qatar, I understand. It would be much better suited to the Dubai desert…

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