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Old June 11th, 2010, 09:50 PM   #2901
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The Shard will be the definitive monument to Anglo-Arab relations.
True, since its mostly arab founded
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Old June 11th, 2010, 10:33 PM   #2902
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True, since its mostly arab founded
As is Bishopsgate...without the Arabs London would have very little activity at the moment.
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Old June 11th, 2010, 10:38 PM   #2903
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Well, the princes from the Middle East can dig their bank accounts as they please. That's the good thing of being an absolute ruler in a country swimming in oil.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 02:51 AM   #2904
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Old June 12th, 2010, 04:19 PM   #2905
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Beautiful shots Chest! What type of lens were you using?
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Old June 12th, 2010, 05:27 PM   #2906
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thats one nice car in that last shot! is that a lotus evora???
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Old June 12th, 2010, 07:00 PM   #2907
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Stunning chest!

That first picture ...

The second core is growing at an amazing pace too.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 10:00 PM   #2908
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The second core looks like a miniature of the original What is it going to be?
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Old June 12th, 2010, 10:32 PM   #2909
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A few shots from the roof of Guy's!

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Back on the ground...
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I must of just missed Chest!
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Old June 12th, 2010, 10:52 PM   #2910
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Beautiful shots Chest! What type of lens were you using?
I use the panasonic lumix fz 38 digital camera - so no separate lens - the first and last picture were 2 pics stitched using panorama maker softwear that comes with the camera
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Old June 12th, 2010, 10:58 PM   #2911
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Not so sure that the orange rolls are blinds?
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Old June 12th, 2010, 11:02 PM   #2912
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The orange rolls will be the holders of the blinders, which will probably be light grey or something like that.

Btw, excellent pictures! Massive site!
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Old June 12th, 2010, 11:11 PM   #2913
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The orange rolls will be the holders of the blinders, which will probably be light grey or something like that.

Btw, excellent pictures! Massive site!
Cheers matey The base of this looks huge now!

That's what I thought, but now I've seen them I'm not so sure. If you look at the last two panels, they look like the'll be on the outside?
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Old June 12th, 2010, 11:23 PM   #2914
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Unbelievably good looking glass.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 11:28 PM   #2915
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It's a Lotus Elise
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Old June 12th, 2010, 11:30 PM   #2916
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Cheers matey The base of this looks huge now!

That's what I thought, but now I've seen them I'm not so sure. If you look at the last two panels, they look like the'll be on the outside?
Naah, I'm pretty sure that's what the orange rolls are for.

And how would the blinders be on the outside?
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Old June 12th, 2010, 11:47 PM   #2917
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Originally posted by chrissus83

Found this on the other Shard forum, sheds a bit of light on the blinds!

A bit of technical info from Bdonline.co.uk

The facade of Piano’s glass tower at London Bridge station is designed to be as transparent and flush as possible

Architect Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Location St Thomas Street, London SE1
Completion date May 2012

Two blocks south of London Bridge, Renzo Piano’s 72-storey, £416 million Shard is visibly blasting skywards. When completed in 2012, this tower, containing offices, apartments and a hotel, will be 306m high – 71m higher than Britain’s current tallest building, One Canada Square at Canary Wharf – making it the tallest habitable structure in Western Europe.

In truth, the Shard is not the geometrically perfect “sharp crystal pyramid” of its architect’s description but a loose bivouac of eight elongated, jagged shards of glass all seemingly propping each other up at the pinnacle.

The eight shards slope at a constant inclination of six degrees from vertical all the way up from pavement right up to the pinnacle. This loose assembly is expressed by leaving “fractures”, at the junctions of the planes and stopping these off with conventional vertical glazing.

The eight facades themselves could hardly be simpler in appearance – sheer curtain walls of clear glass, uncluttered by any form of external structure or solar shading.
TRANSPARENT FLUSH FACADE

Great pains have been taken by Renzo Piano Building Workshop to make the Shard’s facade as transparent and flush as possible, while also ensuring it is thermally efficient.

Transparency is increased by specifying low-iron laminated glass. “The glass just disappears, and all you see is the skeleton of the building,” says project architect William Matthews.
A colourless solar-control coating of Ipasol made by Interpane has been applied “to make the building look wonderfully glassy”.

In addition a colourless low-emissivity coating has been added to reduce the reflection of infra-red radiation back into the building. The main solar control comes from the roller blinds that are woven in glass-fibre by Hexcel to reduce solar radiation by 95% while still leaving the curtain wall semi-transparent. The total solar radiation passing through the facade – the G value – amounts to only 0.12%.

To achieve the immaculately flush finish, the external glass panes oversail the polyester coated aluminium glazing beads and butt up against each other.

Scheldebouw is propping the glass on timber blocks for 48 hours while the silicon that bonds it to the glazing beads sets. This, Matthews claims, eliminates the very slight dishing effect that can mar curtain walls of double glazing units.
WINTER GARDENS

For the occupants of this immense air-conditioned tower, access to fresh air is offered through two or three winter gardens on each floor. These are located at the “fractures” between the tower’s inclined shards.

The winter gardens are enclosed behind conventional vertical curtain walls that step back every sixth floor. The curtain wall is made up of the same sealed double-glazed units as the inner leaf of the inclined shards but without the rainscreen outer leaf and roller blinds. In fact, one of these glazing units in each winter garden is a conventional top-hung opening window.

ince the winter gardens are more exposed to the external environment, they are separated from the main habitable floor space by single-glazed partitions.

The floor plan shows a typical office level. The winter gardens are located in three corners and feature opening windows.
PASSIVE DESIGN SUN-SHADING

“What we are building here is a great big greenhouse,” explains William Matthews. “So the problem is how to stay cool inside. The simplest way would be to provide external sunshading. But you can’t do that 200 metres up in the air, where it would flap around in the wind.”

Instead sun-shading is provided by motorised roller blinds incorporated within the external envelope. The design team stuck rigorously to this principle over the 10 years that the building took to design and pass through a £4 million public inquiry. But this posed another major problem in technical design that was solved with a U-turn from what Matthews calls an active facade to a passive facade.

The active facade initially adopted by the design team involved mechanically ventilating the cavities in the double-glazing units that housed the roller blinds. But the increased energy efficiency brought in by the 2006 revision of Part L of the building regulations meant that low-velocity fans would now be needed to ventilate the cavities. This in turn called for bulky ducts to be housed within the cavities and affect the facade’s transparency.

So the team switched to a passive facade in which the roller blinds are protected from wind and rain by single glazing. Thermal insulation is provided by hermetically sealed double-glazed units making up the inner skin of the facade.

Each outer cavity housing the roller blind is now 250mm wide, unventilated and requires periodic maintenance by opening the internal double-glazed panel on side hinges. Because of the depth of this cavity, the aluminium window mullion has been split into two connected by narrow spacing bars.

Winds at the spire’s pinnacle are less of a problem than turbulence at lower levels caused by the neighbouring Guy’s Hospital tower, claims Matthews.

The slight inclination of the facades reduces updraft, while a 4m-wide glass canopy at first floor level shields pedestrians outside.

Matthews claims the passive facade helped the building exceed the 2006 revision of Part L by 25% and would also pass the increased standards of this year’s revision. He also expects the building to achieve a Breeam “excellent” rating.

Matthews admits that, though simpler, the passive facade is more expensive than its active antecedent. The total 55,000sq m
curtain wall package cost £60 million, which is just over £1,000 per square metre.
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Old June 13th, 2010, 03:34 AM   #2918
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A little sequence showing the fitting of one of those glazing panels on Friday afternoon.

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I have a few more photos from Friday to post later, though I suppose you might as well have this other one now

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Old June 13th, 2010, 05:35 AM   #2919
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wow thanks a lot for that glass sequence!
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Old June 13th, 2010, 01:21 PM   #2920
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Here's some more pics from Friday. As usual, there's a bunch of others that I haven't posted here in my Shard Gallery

First up, a couple of shots at the beginning of the sequence above, showing the panel being guided out from the floor. They didn't fit with the others as I decided to switch to a portrait format fairly quickly afterward.





the process was attracting some public attention



a detail of the panel after installation



and a wide shot of the whole Gate 1 corner




Level 2 works along Joiner Street



and a little further along Joiner Street toward the station, some new levels of steel and a huge Combisafe net





Meanwhile, the steel frame is becoming quite apparent across Tooley Street from More London




At Gate 3, the secondary core is flying up




Finally, some human interest on St Thomas Street Level 2.



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