renzo piano: the shard in london opens to public
jan 21, 2013
renzo piano: the shard in london opens to public


‘the shard’ by renzo piano, london, england with view towards canary wharf
image © sellar

 

 

 

formally named ‘the london bridge tower’, but now commonly referred to as ‘the shard’ by italian architect renzo piano has been complete since the summer of 2012 and officially opens to the public on february 1, 2013. currently considered the tallest building in western europe, the needle-point structure stands 309.6 meters above the new london bridge quarter in the south bank district and is home to a number of programs including office space, restaurants, 5-star shangri-la hotel and residences. situated at the top on floors 68, 69 and 72 are platforms, with the one on the uppermost level standing at twice the height of any other viewing deck in london offering panoramic lookouts of 64 km (40 miles). here, at the highest public level, 244m above ground – accessed by elevators travelling approximately 6 meters per second – one will experience the structural pieces of the glass that form the top of ‘the shard’ and disappear into the sky. a centerpiece to the 2 million square meter development, the 72-storey mixed-use tower was inaugurated with a nighttime light show, which combined 12 lasers and 30 searchlights to celebrate the skyline’s newest addition.

 

read more about ‘the shard’ and see images of the construction phase on designboom here.

 


‘the shard’ is located within the london bridge quarter
image © sellar

 

 


view from tower bridge
image © sellar

 

 


‘the shard’ along the london skyline
image © sellar

 

 


light show inauguration
image © sellar

 

 


view from millennium bridge
image © michel denancé

 

 


panorama
image © michel denancé

 

 


image © sellar

 

 


the facade
image © sellar

 

 


office entrance
image © sellar

 

 


winter garden
image © sellar

 

 


restaurant
image © sellar

 

 


viewing gallery
image © sellar

 

 


spire
image © sellar

 

 


the 360 degree views from ‘the shard’ lookout decks
image © sellar

 

 

 

 


site
image © renzo piano building workshop

 

 


site
image © renzo piano building workshop

 

 


site plan
image © renzo piano building workshop

 

 


top detail section
image © renzo piano building workshop

 

 


renzo piano’s sketch
image © renzo piano building workshop

 

 


section
image © renzo piano building workshop

 

 


mid level piazza
image © renzo piano building workshop

 

 


renzo piano’s sketch
image © renzo piano building workshop

 

 

project info:

 

country +start/end date: london (uk), 2000 -2012
client: sellar property group
destination of use: offices, residential, hotel, restaurant, café, commercial
total floor area: 126.712 sqm (gross); 83.104 sqm (net)
height: 306m / 72 public floors / 87 total
gross floor area: 126,712 m² / 1,374,692 sqft
offices: levels 4-28 : 55,277 m² / 595,000 sqft
restaurant: levels 31-33 : 2,608 m² / 28,073 sqft
hotel: levels 34-52 : 17,562 m² / 189,037 sqft – 200 rooms leased to shangri-la hotels
residential: levels 53-65 : 5,788 m² / 62,302 sqft – 10 apartments
viewing gallery: levels 68-72 : 1,391 m²/14,973 sqft
car parking: 48 spaces in car stacking machine
lifts: 44 lifts + 8 escalators
staircases: 306 flights
gross floor area: 31.4 acres
the piece: glass panels
how many pieces: 11.000

joint owner: state of qatar
joint owner: sellar property group
funding: qatar national bank
developer: sellar property group

architect: renzo piano building workshop

principal contractor: mace

project manager: turner & townsend

quantity surveyor: davis langdon
structural engineer: wsp cantor seinuk

services engineer (the shard): ove arup and partners
services engineer (the place): wsp buildings
commercial agents (the shard): knight frank, jones lang lasalle
commercial agents (the place): cbre, colliers international

 

*we have updated this article originally published on july 6th, 2012 with additional images and info.

 

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