After three years of construction the 1,016 foot vertical city is now Western Europe’s tallest building, (it is officially opened in july 5th with a spectacular light and laser show).
Inspired by the spires of London’s churches and the top sails of the ships that used to moor on the Thames, the Shard will be a light and elegant presence in London’s skyline. The plan is generated 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 are open and the shards do not touch, allowing the building to breathe.
Its crystalline façade transforming the London skyline with a mixed-use 310 m vertical city of high-quality offices, world-renowned restaurants, the 5-star Shangri-La hotel, exclusive residential apartments and the capital’s highest viewing gallery offering 360° views.
Well-connected and comprehensively serviced by central London’s transport infrastructure, facilities and amenities, the Shard is a timeless reminder of the power of imagination to inspire change.