The Shard, London: Part 2 – The Building

Another thought occurs to Ben. “What did you mean before? When you said that Canary Wharf has the tallest buildings at the moment?”

“Ah-ha!” replies his dad. “Well work’s already begun in the City on a new skyscraper officially named the Pinnacle… But the biggest will be the Shard. It’s being built at the far end of London Bridge, directly across the river from here, and will be 66 storeys when complete. That’s a whopping 250 feet higher, give or take, than even One Canada Square.”

“Wow!” says Ben.

– Excerpt from Jaspa’s Journey 2: The Pride of London (written in 2008)

The River Thames and The Shard

The River Thames and The Shard

The Shard from the Millennium Bridge

The Shard from the Millennium Bridge

The Shard and Southwalk Cathedral

The Shard and Southwalk Cathedral

In fact, Ben’s dad got his facts a little confused in the excerpt above. The Shard comprises 65 inhabitable floors (72 if you include the View from the Shard observation area), but the tip of its spire actually topped out at the equivalent of 95 storeys above the ground.

Upper portion of The Shard, seen from the west

Upper portion of The Shard, seen from the northwest

The Shard's spire

The Shard’s spire

Early winter morning on London Bridge

Early winter morning on London Bridge

The Shard looms above London Bridge station

The Shard looms above London Bridge station

The Shard from London Bridge Street

The Shard from London Bridge Street

Another view of the spire

Another view of the spire

Looking up The Shard

Looking up The Shard

Main entrance canopy

Main entrance canopy

At 1016 feet, as the quote above says, the Shard is 245 feet taller than One Canada Square in Canary Wharf, London’s previous tallest building. This makes it the tallest building in Western Europe, and provides it with some of the best views in the World.

The River Thames and St. Paul's Cathedral through the windows of the observation area

The River Thames and St. Paul’s Cathedral through the windows of the observation area

The Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the East End

The Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the East End

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

South London

South London

Open air between the windows of the upper level of The View From The Shard observation area

Open air between the windows of the upper level of the View From The Shard observation area

Looking up inside the spire

Looking up inside the spire

For more views from the top of the Shard, visit my post from last week… The Shard, London: Part 1 – The View

There’s certainly something magical about how this tower of windows dwarfs everything else on the current London skyline. From a distance, it really does look like a giant crystal shard rising from the heart of the city.

The Shard from the east near sunset

The Shard from the east just before sunset

The Shard from near City Hall

The Shard from near City Hall

The Shard, City Hall and HMS Belfast from Tower Bridge

The Shard, City Hall and HMS Belfast from Tower Bridge

The Shard from the Tower of London

The Shard from the Tower of London

HMS Belfast and The Shard

HMS Belfast and The Shard

Looking east along the Thames

Looking east along the Thames

This post was inspired by the photo themes of Windows from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Distance from Jennifer Nichole Wells, and Magic from Jen of The Daily Post.

Central London, with The Shard on the right

Central London, with The Shard on the right

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7 Responses to The Shard, London: Part 2 – The Building

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    Terrific windows for this week’s challenge. Thanks Jaspa. 😀

  2. ventisqueras says:

    pur se splendidi esempi architettonici questi alveari umani m’incutono un certo terrore…e pensando all’11 settembra, ancora di più 😦

  3. Pingback: One Word Photo Challenge: Distortion – Jennifer Nichole Wells

  4. Wow. This is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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