As the Shard in London prepares for its highly anticipated opening, the buildings height remains a point of speculation amongst architects and locals alike. Standing tall at an impressive 309.6m, a question that keeps resurfacing is whether the shard is the biggest building in Europe? Not quite. Strictly speaking, it is the tallest in building in Western Europe. Not quite topping Moscow’s Mercury Tower, which snuck past London’s vertical city by 29m last year, the Shard’s 40 mile panoramic view has made up for any shortcomings in the global height department.
Besides being terrifically tall, this imposing corporate spike has generated a lot of publicity since its project proposal was first announced in 2000. Initially rejected by traditionalists who viewed the development as a shard of glass through the heart of historic London, the large skyscraper has since managed to win the hearts of swathes of Londoners. Coming to appreciate the steep-like addition to the capital’s melting pot skyline, locals have embraced the change brought on by such a large structure.
Eager to experience the five storey viewing gallery at the top of the Shard, Londoners and tourists alike have been invited to take an 800ft vertical journey through the city’s history on the 1rst of February (the officialopening date). First entrance will offer visitors to get the first peak of architect Renzo Piano’s iconic work of art. Piano is believed to have been inspired by the church steeples engraved in historic engravings of the city.
Interesting Facts about London’s Shard Skyscrapercity
A construction site isn’t exactly a suitable habitat for foxes which is why Londoners where very surprised to hear that a fox had been discovered living at the top of their capital’s largest skyscraper at the beginning of 2011. The fox, which was thereafter named Romeo by rescue staff, is said to have entered the massive building through London Bridge’s central stairwell. Thought to have survived by eating scrap left behind by construction workers, Romeo the fox was eventually discovered and sent to Riverside Animal Centre. He has since been re-released into the wild. Fans of the Shard’s little furry mascot can purchase their own cuddly fox toy at the Sky Boutique after taking a turn past the open-air 72nd floor.
Book tickets today to be first in line to see London’s Shard. Featuring 11,000 panes of glass that glint impressively against the capital’s skyline, the skyscraper is a welcome tourist attraction the city’s struggling economy and to all who appreciate its architectural beauty.