The Shard – Analyzing the architectural wonder of London

The Shard formerly known as the London Bridge tower is a 95-storey skyscraper and is designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. It is situated in Southwark, London. The Shard enjoys the status of the tallest building in European Union and is a marvellous architectural wonder.


In the ever-moving tapestry that London is-The Shard is a breathtaking addition to the London skyline and had garnered a name amongst the classic architectural marvels that the city boasts of. The Shard opens up to share its high, wide and a magnificent view. It also accompanies the viewers with heavenly voices till the top of Renzo Piano’s glass skyscraper.


The Shard has made home above the London Bridge station and has a display of thrusting splinters of glass 300 metres (984 feet) above its home. With a bold exhibit on the skyline, the entrance of the Shard is a via an airy glass atrium which is quite a grand scale welcome. Once inside, the way to the lift is lined with caricatures of famous Londoners in comical and satirical situations. After a good laugh, the journey to the top is through a lift where a specially composed Shard soundtrack performed by the London Symphony Orchestra with the soulful tunes of  the Joyful company of singers accompanies us.


Travelling at an alarmingly high speed, the lift at the Shard whisks up to the 68th floor via a 33rd floor transfer to the ‘cloudscape’. The ‘cloudscape’ is obscured with grey cloud patterns to discourage lingering visitors.  A swift flight of stairs later, the main attraction is staged to be devoured. The triple-height glazed gallery, where a 40 mile long and 360-degree panoramic view of London is finally revealed. From 244 metres up the city is doled out as a carpet. The view is spectacular. The whole of London is flattened and spread below to be cherished.


Lined with rich and bold red coloured hardwood across the floor and walls, the gallery resembles a swanky hotel lobby. The interior decoration of the Shard is in line with the Empire State of Building. This corporate polish and appeal seem befitting for the Shard. While the final breathtaking view of the city is unleashed when you reach the 72nd floor, the gust of fresh air makes the whole climb worth it. Surrounded by fractured plates of glass sliding into a pointed halt is where the open deck is situated. The sight is amazing. The Shard provides a rather thrilling perspective to the otherwise monarch and grey London.

Last updated on March 12, 2018

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