The Shard: London’s Tallest Tower / Renzo Piano

We just featured an article about London’s construction frenzy, which includes over half a dozen skyscrapers for the city.   This new era will completely alter the city’s skyline as tall buildings will be sprouting everywhere to house new office, commercial, and residential activities.  Of these new structures, ’s 310 meter high mix-used tower, The Shard (be sure to check out our coverage of the tower), will not only become London’s tallest tower, but also the tallest building in all of Western Europe. Of all of London’s new developments, we are excited to see this dynamic tower’s impact on the city and its relationship with London’s context and future neighboring skyscrapers.

We have new images to share from Renzo Piano Building Workshop and more video clips of the construction progress after the break.

Evening view from Unilever House
Sketch by Renzo Piano
St. Thomas Street view looking east
Mock up

All images © RPBW, Renzo Piano Building Workshop. All videos uploaded by skyscrapercityvideos via youtube.

2000 – in progress
The London Bridge tower
London, UK
Client: Sellar Property Group
Renzo Piano Building Workshop, architects
in collaboration with Adamson Associates (Toronto, London)

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "The Shard: London’s Tallest Tower / Renzo Piano" 24 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • Cindy FrewenWuellner

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  • Nicholas Patten

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  • Ala’a moflah

    The building is really impressing as a whole, and then when it comes to the top of it and the edges of the shard where they don’t touch each other. There where you really see what a good architect do. He paid attention to the details which made the building looks perfect. the facade, the top, the structure of the building it self is stunning. the building fits in the site. it doesn’t look weird. because obviously the plan was generated by the nature of the site and surrounding