Just before Christmas, London Bridge Tower, nicknamed “the Shard”, officially became the UK’s tallest building when the construction of the central core was complete. At 245m it is now taller than the Canary Wharf building at One Canada Square. However, there are still two year’s work ahead before it is finished. The completed structure will be another 65m in height and will become the tallest commercial building in Europe.
Designed by architect Renzo Piano and famously starting life as a sketch on the back of a napkin in a Berlin restaurant, it has a number of sustainable features including the recyling of heat generated by office computers for apartments higher in the structure. A triple-skin glass facade will contain venetian blinds controlled by computers, reducing the need for air-conditioning by shielding occupants from the sun.
With a final height of 310m it is still a long way short of the world’s tallest building. It’s only a year since that title was claimed when the Burj Khalifa in Dubai was completed. Recently in the news when Tom Cruise was seen apparently dangling from it during filming of the latest Mission Impossible movie it stands an amazing 828m tall.
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