The Shard by Renzo Piano
photographed by Nick Guttridge

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The View from The Shard tourist attraction inside Renzo Piano's 310-metre London skyscraper opens to the public today and these new shots by photographer Nick Guttridge show just how tall the building is compared with the rest of London's skyline (+ slideshow).

The Shard by Renzo Piano photographed by Nick Guttridge

The Shard was officially inaugurated in July 2012, but today marks the first time that the public can enter the 72-storey building and ascend all the way to the uppermost floor.

The Shard by Renzo Piano photographed by Nick Guttridge

From this vantage point, 244 metres above ground, visitors are exposed to the elements and are faced with panoramic views stretching for over 40 miles.

The Shard by Renzo Piano photographed by Nick Guttridge

Renzo Piano designed the mixed-use skyscraper in 2000 and it became the tallest building in Europe in 2011, before being overtaken at the end of 2012 by Moscow tower Mercury City.

The Shard by Renzo Piano photographed by Nick Guttridge

Piano described the building as "a vertical city" in an interview with Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs before construction began, but explained that he was never concerned with breaking records. "Towers usually have a very bad reputation, and normally a deserved reputation, because they are normally a symbol of arrogance and power," he said. "All this is about doing a building that is not arrogant."

The Shard by Renzo Piano photographed by Nick Guttridge

Since its construction, architecture critic Rowan Moore has labelled the building a "serious failure of planning". Meanwhile, an urban explorer posted pictures online of himself climbing its walls and UNESCO were prompted to reconsider the status of the nearby Tower of London and Palace of Westminster as recognised sites of historical significance.

The Shard by Renzo Piano photographed by Nick Guttridge

Photographer Nick Guttridge shot the skyscraper from several points around London, including from the penthouse at the recently completed Neo Bankside and from Canary Wharf. For details of how to purchase limited edition prints, send an email to mail@nickguttridge.com.

The Shard by Renzo Piano photographed by Nick Guttridge

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  • stuart

    I think it’s beautiful. Maybe it’s because it’s so simple, or because the very top looks undesigned but it looks more like a natural form than a building to me – and at night it changes into a narrower version of the Teotihuacán influenced building in Bladerunner. Think this has more chance of standing the test of time than some of the other finished and proposed skyscrapers in London.

  • Frank Gehry

    Rise of the illuminati, Mr. Piano?

  • H-J

    The more I see it, the more I like it.

  • Alexei

    Ummm… how many more Dezeen posts are we going to see of the Shard?

  • Sam

    Like a contemporary version of the Transamerica Pyramid in SF. It’s really rather beautiful.

  • Adam

    Stunning addition to the skyline, reminiscent of the church spires that dominated the skyline all those years ago.

    • http://www.dailygrail.com Red Pill Junkie

      With a tinge of Blade Runner thrown in the mix ;)

      • Jakub

        Absolutely agree with both of you guys.

  • february

    Beautiful. Would love to see more street-level shots.