The Shard Opens to the Public

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Today, six months after the laser light extravaganza that marked the completion of The Shard in London, the controversial glass tower celebrated its official opening to the public. Architecture enthusiasts and residents were welcomed to join the mayor of London 244 meters above the capital on the 72 floor observation deck for the official ribbon cutting.

Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the 310 meter needle-point structure is currently the tallest in Western Europe. The two million square meter mixed-use development offers ample office space, restaurants, a five-star shangri-la hotel and residences.

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Missed the opening? No worries. The Guardian has shared a 360 degree panorama of The View from . Click on the image to check it out.

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Learn more about The Shard here on ArchDaily.

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Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "The Shard Opens to the Public" 01 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 02 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=327150>