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In Progress: The Shard / Renzo Piano

Flickr user © Nicnac1000
Flickr user © Nicnac1000

Renzo Piano’s Shard is quickly climbing up London’s skyline.  The 1,016 ft high skyscraper will provide the mixed use density the city needs, as it incorporates apartments, office space, a spa, hotel and restaurants within its sleek pyramidal form.  Inspired by perhaps a ship’s mast from the Pool of London, or a modern take on the church spire, the Shard will become a prominent fixture in the skyline as it nears it completion.  Check out these images  illustrating the Shard’s progress – the crisp aesthetic commonly found in Piano’s projects is becoming evident as the low-iron glazing is applied to the structure. More images after the break.

Be sure to view our coverage of the tower here.  Images from Flickr users: Nicnac1000, Allhails,and  Cybertect

Flickr user © Nicnac1000
Flickr user © Nicnac1000
Flickr user © Nicnac1000
Flickr user © Nicnac1000
Flickr user © Nicnac1000
Flickr user © Nicnac1000
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Flickr user © Allhails
Flickr user © Allhails
Flickr user © Allhails

Cite:Karen Cilento. "In Progress: The Shard / Renzo Piano" 13 Sep 2010. ArchDaily. Accesed . <http://www.archdaily.com/77674/in-progress-the-shard-renzo-piano/>