The Shard Written by John Freshly constructed, Europe’s tallest building looks like a giant alien mothership has landed. Like this:Like Loading... Related 106 thoughts on “The Shard” Makes me think of Doctor Who. LikeLike Reply This is beautiful, a great sceneries to visit for. LikeLike Reply Doesnt really fit the London skyline, “over the top” comes to mind. LikeLike Reply There’s been a lot of criticism of ‘The Shard’ but worth remembering that it replaced two rather grim office towers that no-one loved with a world-class building. But yes I would rather central London wasn’t being being randomly peppered with towers, however striking individually. And there’s much worse being built just across the river, and more to come. LikeLike Reply Reblogged this on Mein erster Schritt and commented: It´s a new one; but it doesn´t mean anything about english tradition ,culture and so on LikeLike Reply Says a lot about the current trend of English culture. The stunning new intermixed with the traditional old. Some may disagree but, I feel, it illustrates London very well. Lovely picture. 🙂 LikeLike Reply I can understand the criticism, but I do think it’s fits into the the skyline. We’ve got to move with the times! I wouldn’t mind one of the £50m apartments at the top either 🙂 LikeLike Reply Love it. LikeLike Reply It literally does. I just watched the movie Sunshine last night.. and this definitely looks like some piece to the ship. LikeLike Reply You said it perfectly!!! LikeLike Reply Nice shot! LikeLike Reply Wow, that is quite the contrast between old and new buildings! That’s how I felt when Chicago almost build a really tall, narrow spiral building. Thank goodness it didn’t go through! Cheers! LikeLike Reply Great pic! Pity the building looks like a shrunken version of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) music award trophy. LikeLike Reply That’s a great picture! As a London Cabbie, I’ve seen this amazing building go up, can’t believe it’s finally open. A while ago, I wrote on my blog about how it was strangely appropriate that the spike-like Shard is built right next to London Bridge…. http://blackcablondon.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/cabbies-curios-mind-your-head/ LikeLike Reply Thanks for the London Bridge information there. It’s interesting that they built it in such an historic area (half the street names are from Dicken’s novels, for example) as opposed to near Canary Wharf. LikeLike Reply It wouldn’t have got permission near Canary Wharf. One Canada Square at 771ft/235m is pretty much at the height ceiling to allow planes to descend into the City Airport nearby LikeLike I really like the unique architecture of this building! LikeLike Reply Reblogged this on dfmw and commented: renzo piano designs for future not present. like the dr. who reference. LikeLike Reply I completely agree that this building is striking and new, but I don’t get how it incorporates the traditional and old. Help? (Great photo, by the way, and congrats on being Freshly Pressed!) LikeLike Reply I’m not sure it’s designed to incorporate the old and traditional – it’s just very shiny and new! LikeLike Reply So out of place in the London horizon. Then again, that’s what they said about the Eiffel tower. It will probably be epic. All I see is alien. LikeLike Reply Reblogged this on Flower Blossoms' Blog and commented: The Shard, the tallest building in the UK and, indeed, Europe, stands at 309.6 metres (1,016 ft). LikeLike Reply Wow, that is crazy! It looks neat behind all of the old building fronts. LikeLike Reply Out of place isn’t it? That looks like something the Yanks would do. LikeLike Reply I think this is a fantastic new addition to the London Skyline…along with several other recent new additions it finally gives London a sense of moving into the 21st century. While I fully agree on saving some of the beautiful historic buildings, there are a lot of eyesores too that can (should) be replaced, as the Shard has done – the previous structures at that site were awful! LikeLike Reply That’s a fantastic shot! It’s pretty cool looking, but I’m torn on how I feel about it standing out so much in the London skyline… Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed! LikeLike Reply Thanks! LikeLike Reply This is quite the juxtaposition. I love that you took the photo in b&w. LikeLike Reply Does it fit with the architecture? No. But is it better than some other buildings already in London or would be? Yes. Doesn’t seem very tall. Maybe I am just used to San Francisco. Very nice picture though! LikeLike Reply It’s 17m shorter than the Transamerica building so… a little smaller! LikeLike Reply Great photo! I for one love this building. I’m looking forward to going up to the viewing gallery next time I’m in London. Any idea if it’s free to enter? LikeLike Reply I don’t know if it’s free to enter, but they do have a tour to the top which I think is about £25 – pretty pricey really. LikeLike Reply The shard references the traditional church spire or ship’s mast, both icons of London’s past skyline along the river. What could be more apropos for our times than supersizing the metaphor and incorporating a shopping mall and a few apartments for the 1%? The only reason such projects get approved is with the name of a celebrity architect behind it. For better or worse, the culture’s adoration of starchitects yields buildings like the Shard, the Centre Pompidou, or Gehry’s Bilbao. Personally I feel there’s a lot to like about these playful and/or imposing structures. LikeLike Reply Having a consortium of Qatari billionaires and a crazy businessman certainly seems to help as well. Thanks for the architectural insight. Imposing is definitely a good description. LikeLike Reply When I saw the thumbnail I instantly thought, ‘It’s the tower of Orthanc!’ LikeLike Reply Reblogged this on Blog do Capitão and commented: Londres – O edificio mais alto da europa LikeLike Reply What a fab picture, personally I think it looks great. LikeLike Reply Just looks odd to me. The only thing going for the building is it has that,” I look different than the rest” sort of impression. However, in a few year’s time, from the looks of the construction on the left side of this photo, it will not be so unique. Despite my critique of the building, I do think this is a lovely photo and will be an interesting, historical image. Nice job. LikeLike Reply Nice picture! Here are my pictures from last night’s opening show: http://littleexplorer.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/the-shard-2012-the-opening/ LikeLike Reply I forgot to watch this. The general feedback seems to be that it was a bit of a let down. What did you think? LikeLike Reply I agree. I was a bit disappointed because the expectations had be raised by all the anticipation. However, the show was great. I think it was a bit repetitive and it lasted for too long. Where I was standing, many people were booing and leaving saying it was horrendous- I think that was definitely an overreaction. Were they expecting the aliens to land on the top and sing like Michael Jackson? ahah! All I can say is I am happy I was there. LikeLike Sometimes people seem to enjoy the act of complaining more than the thing they are complaining about. I’ll make sure to go the next time, when the alien starts singing! LikeLike Great photo, and congrats on being freshly pressed. LikeLike Reply Sauron’s Tower. LikeLike Reply Just in case them kamikaze pilots run out of targets LikeLike Reply Reblogged this on fotofranca and commented: Great work, the photo and the buiding! LikeLike Reply I loves it. Althought admittedly having stood at it’s foot after a few wines, it has made me want to throw up, but there was a crane loitering precariously on it’s summit. And I do get vertigo. And I was a bit drunk. LikeLike Reply Standing underneath it is a strange experience – you feel like you’re the one stood at a funny angle! LikeLike Reply At least something is goin up and away …in a continent where a lot is goin down the drain … LikeLike Reply the building so unique,nice pics LikeLike Reply I am in two minds about the Shard. I think it is great to have something new and exciting (although I don’t think the design itself is very exciting) in London but it is out of place where it currently is. I have to say though this is the first picture of it where I thought that it looked good. LikeLike Reply Nice shot***! LikeLike Reply I know its design is controversial, but IMO London has always been a city of sharp contrasts and eclectic styles. The modern regularly appears alongside the old. There’s iconic architecture spanning centuries of aesthetic development and tastes; over time, it all becomes part of the vernacular. I love the Shard; it’s a new icon, with all the controversy, opinion-splitting and drama such a new development SHOULD entail. LikeLike Reply It certainly seems to have succeeded in splitting opinion, which is far better than people’s reaction just being… meh. LikeLike Reply That´s such a great picture, and a funny comment too! I hear that the inauguration ceremony was a total flop. LikeLike Reply Built by the Daleks I suspect… LikeLike Reply Great pic… LikeLike Reply O wow. That looks cool amidst the smaller, older-looking shophouses… It’s like the erection of the 22nd century 😀 LikeLike Reply Amazing pic. Shame about the name – ‘Shard’ is awful.. LikeLike Reply The BBC has similar thoughts! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11838167 LikeLike Reply I like it when old buildings are mixed with brand new shiny ones! Cities that mix lots of architectural styles are really interesting to explore. The Shard might not be to everyone’s taste but at least it’s bold. I’d love to be at the top towering over London! LikeLike Reply That just looks out of place! *Shakes her head* ok I’m leaving now.. (lol) Thanks for sharing btw. 🙂 LikeLike Reply and congrats on getting Freshly Pressed, the picture is beautiful, and odd at the same time, I actually like it. 🙂 LikeLike Reply Thanks. So far, being Freshly Pressed has been a much stranger experience! LikeLike Stranger than what? LikeLike Stranger than the building itself. LikeLike yeh nyc really i agree wid u LikeLike so true that it looks from another planet.. Happy blogging.. LikeLike Reply que tal construcción,,, creo q parece un escalera al cielo,, mucho contraste con las cosas alrededor, good! LikeLike Reply looks as if it wants to take off … or even like massive film rolls LikeLike Reply Great shot. LikeLike Reply Great shot…….given people’s comment of it looking out of place……the areas grimey and dirty its gonna look out of place give it a couple of years and it will be the glass won’t be as shiny….the height….until other scrapers are built around it – it is gonna look out of place up close, but from the distance it will fit into the skyline of the city and canary wharf……unlike some of the proposals floating around for the Square Mile itself. LikeLike Reply Nothing exceptional about the atchitecture, this world did not need another Prisim/Pyramid. Definately not iconic, just another glass cladded structure. LikeLike Reply Looks creepy. Freemasons and all sorts of conspiracy theories come to mind. I bet it has checkered flooring inside somewhere. LikeLike Reply Reblogged this on Asem's Notes and commented: Tallest tower in Europe.. LikeLike Reply London can pull off the mixture of old and new. Thanks for sharing. Loved the photo. LikeLike Reply Very sci-fi esque in how it is juxstaposed against the shabby buildings below. A great shot! LikeLike Reply Wow, great shot! Thanks! Looking forward to the next post! LikeLike Reply Nice black and white photo effect. The building looks outstanding from the retail store below. LikeLike Reply All I can see is a stork’s beak…whilst lay on its back of course…an alien sleeping stork maybe. LikeLike Reply Reblogged this on AshbourneVoice and commented: In the week the Shard officially opened…great photograph LikeLike Reply I’m not a great fan… plus I think it looks like the top needs to be finished off! LikeLike Reply “Follow diversion.” Nice touch. LikeLike Reply We just wish it was taller than the Eiffel Tower. LikeLike Reply Renzo Piano is MY man ! 😉 ♥ Love his work ! AMCHdesign // a blog from a french architect LikeLike Reply I’d never even heard of the Shard until now, let alone seen it–that is amazing! LikeLike Reply Reblogged this on GeekerMind – Technology & Business in Action. LikeLike Reply Pingback: Shard Times « tescoinferno awesome i think i have to visit the place LikeLike Reply Ugly as hell, a constant in modern architecture, no matter what country or designer, who seem not to be worried at all about the surroundings, cannot understand it, really! LikeLike Reply cool LikeLike Reply Great shot ~ great description! LikeLike Reply Great shot! LikeLike Reply Beautiful monstrosity. Hope to see the sights when we come down for the Olympics! LikeLike Reply One word. WOAH. LikeLike Reply I watched the laser show unveiling thing online and it was horribly disappointing. Looked like 1980 with a soundtrack played by children. LikeLike Reply Nice juxtaposition. I love to stand directly under the Shard and look up to the top…incredible. LikeLike Reply Gorgeous, very nice. Was wondering what it looked like! LikeLike Reply I wonder if people would have been ok with it if they would have called it “The Mast”. Personally, I think it looks pretty cool. LikeLike Reply Frankly, it doesn’t look finished. But I guess it’s the Qatari government’s issue, not mine! LikeLike Reply The skyline used to be dominated by St Paul’s Cathedral, a building that survived the Blitz. Now St Paul’s is dwarfed by this oil-funded monstrosity. Tallest building in Europe makes England (or rather those who funded the Shard) look very insecure. LikeLike Reply I’m going to be checking that out on Thursday 🙂 LikeLike Reply The first photo I have seen of it complete. . . Looks so out of place ! LikeLike Reply Great picture, but am I the only one who is completely underwhelmed by this building and cannot understand all the hype and praise for it? From what I understand, much of the top section is completely unusable as office or living space and has therefore been left exposed to the elements. I would guess that the intention is to use these areas as high-rise garden spaces for office workers to chill out in, with chill being the operative word – particularly during a cold and wet London winter – or even our current wet summer. Ok, so usable space isn’t really the main goal when creating a landmark building, but in the race to create Europe’s tallest building, this for me, just looks like a modern interpretation of a church spire. It shows none of the vision that brought us the Gherkin or City Hall buildings, and certainly doesn’t compete on a the world stage of architecture. LikeLike Reply Reblogged this on This beautiful life. LikeLike Reply Pingback: The Shard, as seen from Centre Point tower | A Life In London* Leave a Reply to John Cancel reply Enter your comment here... 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