Today In History. The Tallest Building In The European Union Was Opened To The Public On February 1

Today In History. The Tallest Building In The European Union Was Opened To The Public On February 1
Isabel del Rio

Today in history. The tallest building in The European Union was opened to the public on February 1 two years ago. It’s The Shard. Don’t you like it? It’s so beautiful! Tell us your opinion now!

“In architecture you should live for 150 years, because you have to learn in the first 75 years.” Renzo Piano.

The Shard construction began in March 2009. Practical completion was achieved in November 2012. But, the tower privately operated observation deck, The View from The Shard, was opened to the public on 1 February 2013.

The Shard is a Neo-Futuristic skyscraper in London. It’s also known as the Shard of Glass, Shard London Bridge, and formerly London Bridge Tower. It’s an 87-storey skyscraper. The glass-clad pyramidal tower has 72 habitable floors, with a viewing gallery and open-air observation deck on the 72nd floor, at a height of 244.3 metres (802 ft). It was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano and replaced Southwark Towers, a 24-storey office block built on the site in Southwark in 1975.

Architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff said of Renzo Piano’s works that the “…serenity of his best buildings can almost make you believe that we live in a civilized world.”

The Shard was developed by Sellar Property on behalf of LBQ Ltd and is jointly owned by Sellar Property and the State of Qatar.

Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you!

“When you design a building, you start from a general philosophy, and you come down, and you start from detail and come up. Only the theoretical architect believes that you can make the concept and then sometime, somebody will come to build it.” Renzo Piano.

Video: The View From The Shard – Full Experience.

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  • Thanks to the Visualise, Gear VR and The View from The Shard you will have an opportunity to find out without even going up so high. This experience will provide users with the highest observation point in Europe from the well-known Shard building using Gear VR.

Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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