Saturday, September 07, 2013

The Shard

Reflections of clouds on The Shard
Reflections on a Shard of Glass.

Saturday September 7, 2013.

It was while on another walk around Southwark and the surrounding area, that I found myself on St Thomas Street. As I walked eastward towards The Horseshoe Inn, I looked up and realised that I was directly below The shard.

Having only really seen it from the north bank, and from afar, I couldn't help but snap this shot from this odd angle, with the clouds reflected in the thousands of glass panels.

Brief History

It was back in March, 2009, that work began on the construction of this awe-inspiring building, that would replace Southwark Towers, which was a 24-storey office block built in 1975.

London The Unfinished City
The Shard: Under Construction.

The top of the building was completed in March 2012 and the building had its inauguration in July, but completion would take until November 2012.

London The Unfinished City
The Shard from Borough Market.

In February 2013, the observation decks, which take up floors 68 through to 72, opened to the public, giving unprecedented views of London.

Floor 68 is the first part of the viewing gallery, where the glass is obscured by various cloud paintings, showing, and naming, the various cloud formations that observers may see.

London The Unfinished City
The Shard in Eclipse.

Floor 69 is the main triple-height viewing gallery that offers 360 degree viewing of London. There are also interactive telescopes that offer information on the various buildings that can be seen.

London The Unfinished City
The Shard at Night.

Floor 72, which is at 244 metres (800 feet), is partially open to the elements, allowing observers outstanding views while also being able to see the pinnacle of the building.

London The Unfinished City
The top of The Shard.

The Shard stands at just over 309 metres (1013 feet), in height.

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