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Old August 16th, 2010, 08:53 PM   #3441
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Old August 16th, 2010, 08:55 PM   #3442
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Looks stunning - and a big improvement - but I have 2 problems with this render.
1. 2 columns going down the wall at one angle, change and then go inwards, then change direction and go into a bigger column. Structually I can't see that being that clever! That's a hell of a lot of stress on those column joins - and if it's supporting several hundred tons of curtain wall... seems precarious to say the least
2. I can see the water running off that front face like a f***** river onto the people below! It'd be like trying to step behind a waterfall!
Maybe they were going for a green water feature, kinda like the WTC waterfalls but more eco friendly. plus it will make the building more interesting on rainy days.
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Old August 16th, 2010, 11:24 PM   #3443
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Photo taken last friday in the morning. Such a pity the weather was so bad.

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Old August 16th, 2010, 11:31 PM   #3444
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Looks stunning - and a big improvement - but I have 2 problems with this render.
1. 2 columns going down the wall at one angle, change and then go inwards, then change direction and go into a bigger column. Structually I can't see that being that clever! That's a hell of a lot of stress on those column joins - and if it's supporting several hundred tons of curtain wall... seems precarious to say the least
That render has been around a while and is out of date.

The design was changed and the main columns now go all the way to the ground.




I'm not sure that rain is going to much more of an issue than, say, at the base of the NatWest Tower/Tower 42.

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Old August 17th, 2010, 12:01 AM   #3445
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Old August 17th, 2010, 12:49 AM   #3446
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Old August 17th, 2010, 12:58 PM   #3447
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That render has been around a while and is out of date.

The design was changed and the main columns now go all the way to the ground.




I'm not sure that rain is going to much more of an issue than, say, at the base of the NatWest Tower/Tower 42.

Glad to see they change the columns - IMHO the other design looked a bit too structually complicated. Makes more sense to carry the load in a straight line than round 2 bends!
Wow - impressive photo. Never seen Tower 42 up close like that.
Of course the Shard has a 6 degree slope to the glass so might catch more rain depending on which way the wind was blowing the rain!

PS - it appears to be night time in London - the webcams are stuck again
It's actually interesting to see how the weather in London compares to the weather here in Berkshire!
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Old August 17th, 2010, 02:24 PM   #3448
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Of course the Shard has a 6 degree slope to the glass so might catch more rain depending on which way the wind was blowing the rain!
Flipside of that is that, since the building narrows toward the top, there's less area of glazing upon which to gather water.
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Old August 17th, 2010, 08:31 PM   #3449
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Kone jump lifts help build Shard

The UK’s first Jump lift has been successfully installed in the Shard at London Bridge.

Developed by Kone the self-climbing elevator system provides an alternative to exterior hoists to improve the efficiency and safety of the building’s construction.

The lift functions by using the building’s permanent shaft during the construction phase and moves higher or “jumps” in the shaft as the building gets taller.

It allows shaft construction and lift installations to continue at the higher levels while the lift is operating in the same shaft at the lower levels below a protection deck.

This innovative approach enables the lift shafts to be used to aid construction at the same time as they are fitted out with permanent cars and put into service as construction progresses.

Tony Palgrave, Construction Director for Mace on the Shard, said: “This solution is fundamental to our strategy of transporting people and materials quickly and efficiently to the top of the building and down again in the safest possible way.

“It represents our ongoing commitment to finding ever better ways to deliver this landmark project.”

Michael Williams, Managing Director of Kone UK added: “We work hard to deliver pioneering solutions for clients and it has been a privilege to be involved with Mace on such a significant project as the Shard.

“Kone jump lifts are an innovative solution that improves people and goods flow and speeds up construction. Our team has worked closely with Mace to ensure the installation of the Jump Lifts runs smoothly and enhances the construction process.”

As principal contractor on the Shard, Mace has ensured the delivery programme accommodates the requirements of the Kone jump lifts.

The first lift has capacity for 21 people and 1,600kg in weight and will mainly be used at the Shard for site workers to get up and down the structure. It will initially serve up to level 12 but will eventually extend to level 26.

In total there will be five jump lifts, the largest of which will be equipped to transport 45 people, with a capacity of 3,500kg in weight of people and materials, serving up to level 34.

The lifts will follow the rise of the structure into the London skyline. The highest of the jump lifts will go up to level 66.

Kone is supplying and installing a total of 10 escalators and 36 lifts at the Shard, 13 of these double deck lifts including the five jump lifts.

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...p-build-shard/
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Old August 17th, 2010, 09:22 PM   #3450
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Here some pictures the wife took when going to and from Guys this afternoon























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Cool pics, say thanks to the wife
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Old August 17th, 2010, 10:52 PM   #3452
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She had no idea what it was till i asked her to get some pics. She did good
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Old August 18th, 2010, 12:13 AM   #3453
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She had no idea what it was till i asked her to get some pics. She did good
I am impressed by the progress of this amazing structure and have been following the construction since the beginning.
But I am unsure as well of what the second to last photo is a picture of (i.e. what is the smaller second concrete column for?)
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Old August 18th, 2010, 02:35 AM   #3454
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Old August 18th, 2010, 03:37 AM   #3455
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Just love how it overbears its surroundings and it is easily seen from a lot of places. This tower will be the true mascot of the 2012 Olympic Games.
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Old August 18th, 2010, 03:51 AM   #3456
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Looks stunning - and a big improvement - but I have 2 problems with this render.
1. 2 columns going down the wall at one angle, change and then go inwards, then change direction and go into a bigger column. Structually I can't see that being that clever! That's a hell of a lot of stress on those column joins - and if it's supporting several hundred tons of curtain wall... seems precarious to say the least
2. I can see the water running off that front face like a f***** river onto the people below! It'd be like trying to step behind a waterfall!
aurora place,sydney has same kan yasuda marble sculpture
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Old August 18th, 2010, 10:53 AM   #3457
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Old August 18th, 2010, 11:06 AM   #3458
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Old August 18th, 2010, 12:32 PM   #3459
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aurora place,sydney has same kan yasuda marble sculpture
As mentioned on the other thread - those 2 big circular columns (see render above - i'm not quoting that big image!) are not part of the final design (I don't think they would have worked - carrying all that load around those angles!) instead those 4 diagonal's go all the way to the ground.
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Old August 18th, 2010, 12:54 PM   #3460
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