The Shard is the tallest building in the United Kingdom and in Western Europe with a height of 306 meters. It dominates London’s skyline. This 95-storey skyscraper is located in Southwark, London. It has a total of 11,000 glass panels. It was conceived as a building with multiple uses including a vertical city where people could live, work and relax. This building can be seen from 40 miles away, from the South Downs to the Thames Estuary. It was designed by award-winning Italian architect Renzo Piano. The total floor space of the building is around 11 hectares.
Quick Facts: –
- The construction of this building was started in March 2009 and got completed on March 30th 2012.
- It was inaugurated on July 5th 2012 by the Prime Minister of Qatar Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.
- There are 306 flights of stairs and a total of 44 lifts including double-decker lifts. The average lift speed is 6 meters per second.
- There are a total of 82 floors in this building but only 72 are habitable. Remaining 10 floors contain a power station and radiators that run automatically.
- Approximately 95% of the materials used to construct the building are recycled.
- The initial design of the Shard was influenced by the irregular nature of the site. It was designed to look like a sail.
- The building was also the setting for a Greenpeace protest in July 2013.
- This tower contains 10 apartments, 27 floors of offices, three floors of restaurants and 19 floors of hotel accommodation.
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