Opened on July 5, 2012, the skyscraper ” The Shard “in London is the highest in Europe and its inauguration was a real spectacle of colored lights and lasers that illuminated the city. Its construction finally been completed for the architectural profile of London.
Features of the building
The Shard skyscraper in London is located in Southwark and was nicknamed ” The shard of glass “(translated in Italian: the splinter) because of its appearance. Nearly 310 meters high and completely covered in glass, it has a form of an irregular pyramid. The building will be used as offices and homes, as well as restaurants and a luxury hotel.
With its height, the building has 95 floors and can accommodate a maximum number of 12,000 people. Its construction was funded by Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud, the emirate of Qatar, which provides funding an actual redevelopment of the city, that began years ago in view of the 2012 Olympics . At the inauguration ceremony, Hamad bin Jassem Al Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar was present.
The construction of the building, which replaces the Southwark Towers, came in the midst of several controversies related to the fact that this building will irreversibly change the landscape of the city. If its any consolation, the skyscraper has a terrace from which you can see from the highest point possible in the entire city. Moreover, the beauty of the building is accentuated by the fact that different glasses covering it are oriented so as to change color according to sunlight.