The Shard: A Modernist Vertical City Inspired by London’s Historical Skyline

It seems you don’t always have to go all the way to Las Vegas to experiment modern architectural innovation. London is preparing for a series of fascinating city landmarks, starting for example with the Shard at the upcoming London Bridge Quarter, which is to become the highest skyscraper ever seen in the United Kingdom, and one of the tallest in Europe.

Designed by Renzo Piano, one of the most respected living architects, the tower will stand at 310 m (1,017 ft) tall and have 72 floors. The design, says Piano, is “firmly based on the historic form of London’s mast and spires.” The building itself will be an entire ecosystem integrating offices, restaurants, housing, a luxury hotel and spa with public places at high level, ensuring an all-encompassing hub in the city.


The building has become the location chosen by Shangri-La for its flagship European Hotel.

Serviced by the hotel the apartments will be oases in the city designed with full height windows on all sides for transparency and to maximise views.

The Shard, Apartment

London Bridge Quarter will be located to the South side of the Thames at London Bridge, a location with easy access to all key parts of the city from Canary Wharf and the city to Soho and Mayfair.

The project will be completed in 2012.

Visit London Bridge Quarter here.

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