Shard 2012 exhibition by Hayes Davidson
and Nick Wood

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Future London by Hayes Davidson and Nick Wood

Here is a selection of images created by photographer Nick Wood and architectural rendering studio Hayes Davidson to demonstrate how The Shard tower by Renzo Piano Building Workshop might be photographed once complete in 2012.

Future London by Hayes Davidson and Nick Wood

Shard 2012 is billed as an online exhibition of "future photography", manipulating photos Wood took from different vantage points in the city to show how the iconic building will look in the context of London's skyline and how it might be captured on camera.

Future London by Hayes Davidson and Nick Wood

Top: view from the south
Above: The Shard and St Paul's, original photograph. Below: after manipulation

The images juxtapose The Shard with some of London's most famous architecture, including Tower Bridge and St. Paul's Cathedral.

Future London by Hayes Davidson and Nick Wood

All images are © Hayes Davidson/Nick Wood and issued under creative commons (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Future London by Hayes Davidson and Nick Wood

Above: from London Bridge

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Shard 2012 is an online exhibition of 'future photography'
Hayes Davidson and Nick Wood

The Shard is rising fast. At 300m tall, the Shard will be the tallest building in Europe and for many this is one of the most exciting new buildings in London for decades.

Future London by Hayes Davidson and Nick Wood

Above: with the Millennium foot bridge

It is already beyond doubt that the Shard will be a highly recognisable, photogenic symbol of London as well as one of Europe's most photographed buildings. Photographs showing the juxtaposition of the Shard with the historic and the iconic will be highly sought after.

Future London by Hayes Davidson and Nick Wood

Above: from Tooley Street

Shard 2012 is an online exhibition of 'future photography' of the Shard exploring some of the vantage points from where the Shard might be photographed in 2012 when it is completed. Shard 2012 project is a partnership between London based architectural CG studio Hayes Davidson and London photographer Nick Wood. The project was initiated and financed by the artists independently of the developer. The Shard is a development by Sellar Property Group and is designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

Future London by Hayes Davidson and Nick Wood

Above: view from the south

The project started with a question: "Imagine the Shard is now complete. Where and how might Londoners photograph it in the future to capture its form, beauty, juxtaposition with the historic, as well as its relationship with everyday London?" Nick Wood set about exploring potential vantage points from all over London and photography was captured in late 2010.  After the team reviewed and selected the preferred images, Hayes Davidson set to work to 'complete' the Shard.

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  • http://twitter.com/keiralx @keiralx

    yep. it is big.

  • Oliver Wright

    It's definitely a giant space laser. We've all been had.

  • felix

    Or a Half-life 2 Citadel!

  • deleted1629504

    It certainly excels at destroying the city scape. Its far far to big.

    • bob

      Destroys the city scape? Rubbish. its the perfect height. It was going to be taller but this design is better.
      London grows and thats how it becomes a great city. If it was up to people like you london would stay in the middle ages…

  • http://www.brgstudio.com nulla

    A great building, a brave city.

  • yut

    renzo piano ripped off pyongyong
    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dprk_pyong

  • Anton

    i still don't know how such city as London commissioned to build this building, its just so not proportional to other buildings and to me just looks weird in such city just like it does in North Korea