Tag: The Shard

The Shard opens

Dezeen Wire:
 Renzo Piano's London skyscraper The Shard is due to be officially inaugurated tomorrow, followed by a five-minute laser show projected onto its 310-metre-high facade.

The tower, which is the tallest in western Europe, is getting controversial reviews. Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins writes that the tower "has slashed the face of London for ever" while Aditya Chakrabortty recently wrote  in the same newspaper: "It's expensive. It's off-limits. It's largely owned by people who don't live here. And it is the perfect metaphor for what our capital is becoming." More »

London landmarks' heritage status
threatened by rising skyline

Dezeen Wire:
 the ongoing construction of skyscrapers in central London has caused the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to reconsider the status of the Tower of London and the Palace of Westminster as recognised sites of historical significance – Evening Standard

UNESCO are concerned that The Shard by architect Renzo Piano near the Tower of London and the 43-storey Doon Street tower on the opposite side of the river Thames from Westminster are having a negative impact on the views and historical integrity of the landmarks. It could place them on its "at risk" register, which would damage their appeal to international tourists.

See our previous story in which Renzo Piano says The Shard "will be loved" by the public and UNESCO's announcement of 25 new additions to the World Heritage List from earlier this year.

The Shard "will be loved"
– Renzo Piano

Dezeen Wire:
Italian architect Renzo Piano says his London skyscraper, The Shard, will be loved by the public, because "it will be accessible, because it is transparent, understandable and not mysterious" – The Telegraph

The public will be able to access restaurants and a viewing gallery at the top of Europe's tallest building, which fellow architect and friend of Piano, Richard Rogers suggests "will be one of Renzo's major works [and] one of his major successes."

Piano believes that skyscrapers such as The Shard represent the most responsible approach to tackling the issue of urban sprawl, stating: "It is more socially correct to intensify the city and free up space on the ground. The city is fragile and vulnerable, so we have to be careful."