Lets get this show on the road… The Shard – London

The first thing I wanted to talk about was a new building in London called ‘The Shard’. I saw a news article about it several years ago and thought it looked cool, but then the recession came along and I guess I assumed that it had been cancelled.

Wrong. I was in London a few months ago and there it was, half built, half glazed, but there nevertheless.

London is building together quite an eclectic mix of skyscrapers and I know there are some people who believe that thecity should be preserved as it was in the 1900’s and part of me agrees. Another part (a bigger part) enjoys seeing new stuff jutting up against old stuff, especially when it looks this cool. Of course, the Tower Bridge/Tower of London area is a world heritage site so sticking in a giant steel oblong would have been a mistake, but a giant spire is a different thing altogether – after all London is covered with spires from the hundreds of beautiful churches and for a long time these comprised the skyline of the capital and so weirdly, even though its 10 times taller than everything around it, a giant glass spire doesn’t look out of place. It actually looks like a cathedral, albeit a cathedral to money and wealth rather than God.

Secondly, (and more importantly) when I was younger I’m pretty sure I was promised cityscapes of gleaming glass in interesting shapes (on Mars) and this is as close as we can get!

I’m keen to know what others think – or if anyone has an examples of neat architecture from where they live please comment. More pictures can be found at the official project website.

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