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Shard under construction & Pub Sign & street light
Emporis Skyscraper Award judges said of The Shard: "A Skyscraper that is recognised immediately and which is already considered London's new emblem"<br />
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Irvine Sellar, The Shard’s developer and joint owner approached architect Renzo Piano and he made a sketch on a menu of his idea and Sellar agreed to his "design".<br />
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Sellar said of the Shard: "The vision for the Shard was to create an architecturally striking vertical city incorporating retail, offices, hotel, apartments, restaurants and a public viewing gallery."<br />
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His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Saoud Al Thani<br />
Governor of Qatar Central Bank said of The Shard at its opening in July 2012:<br />
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"Standing 95 storeys tall at almost 310 metres, the Shard will be one of the tallest buildings in Western Europe."<br />
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A million people visited the Shard's viewing platform in its first year.<br />
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Taking inspiration from the spires of London churches and the masts of tall ships depicted by the 18th-century Venetian painter Canaletto, architect Renzo Piano designed The Shard as a spire-like sculpture emerging from the River Thames. <br />
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It is situated on the South Bank of the Thames next to London Bridge Station and close to the very popular Borough Market. <br />
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Stock Photo by Paddy Bergin.