Nuggets – bite size chunks of London

The Shard

The Shard was orig­i­nal­ly a nick­name – and is now the for­mal appel­la­tion – for the sky­scraper sit­u­at­ed at 32 Lon­don Bridge Street, designed by the Ital­ian archi­tect Ren­zo Piano. The main part of the build­ing, which was to have been called Lon­don Bridge Tow­er, is a soar­ing glass-clad spire with a jagged tip.

There is some debate over who first used the term ‘shard of glass’ to describe the build­ing, but it was cer­tain­ly employed at an ear­ly stage and with dis­parag­ing intent by Eng­lish Her­itage, which vain­ly opposed the project.

The Shard is by far London’s tallest struc­ture, at 1,016 feet (310 metres). When it is ful­ly com­plet­ed, most of the tow­er will office space but the upper floors will include a hotel and lux­u­ry apart­ments. Near­er the ground, a retail won­der­land awaits. A pub­lic view­ing gallery opened in Feb­ru­ary 2013.
The Shard seen from below