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Old August 24th, 2010, 03:55 PM   #3541
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Old August 24th, 2010, 05:50 PM   #3542
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When are they going to start building around the small core - the "spike of glass" next to the main tower?
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Old August 24th, 2010, 06:08 PM   #3543
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The Shard is one of the most beautiful skyscrapers ever built. It's incredibly graceful, elegant, and subtle. It demonstrates why Renzo Piano is probably the finest architect in the world today. Mercury Tower is hideously ugly. It's vulgar and tasteless in the extreme. Sorry but it's true. Aesthetically it's not remotely in the same league as the Shard, and frankly I'm offended at the mere suggestion of comparison.
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Old August 24th, 2010, 06:14 PM   #3544
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People are allowed to have opinions, you are allowed to be offended.

I just wish comparisons would stop, in this thread.
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Old August 24th, 2010, 06:37 PM   #3545
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The Shard will be something spectacular once it's opened. definately.
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Old August 24th, 2010, 08:06 PM   #3546
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People are allowed to have opinions, you are allowed to be offended.

I just wish comparisons would stop, in this thread.
The comparisons are pointless, it's like comparing apples and oranges. Two different building in terms of structure, glass cladding, architecture and height. I personally like Mercury City Tower more than the Shard, but then again how credible my point of view can be considering the fact that I'm from Moscow. It's the same when 99% of the Londeners agree that Mercury City Tower is a piece of sh** while The Shard is pure class.
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Old August 25th, 2010, 01:31 AM   #3547
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This building grows on you, imo. I didnt think too much of it at first glance, but, its actually really cool. I like what London doing here. Will it be completed before the 2012 games though? Too close to call.
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Old August 25th, 2010, 02:53 AM   #3548
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yeah i think the plan is to have it open a few months before the Olympics...im guessing the hotel would want that to happen aswell if not the observation decks should be open
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Old August 25th, 2010, 03:33 AM   #3549
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The value of this building can't be confined to its external elegance.

It's internal features make it outstanding as well: top notch office space, the first Shangri-La Hotel in Europe, the huge flats with direct views to the City, etc.
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Old August 25th, 2010, 09:56 AM   #3550
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Wow, this bot has managed to spam the entire supertall forum.
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Old August 25th, 2010, 11:07 AM   #3551
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is it not possible to delete all posts from kaikwiq so that one can see which threads have been updated in the last time and which not?

edit: Thanks to the mods!

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Old August 25th, 2010, 11:53 AM   #3552
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They're going incredibly fast!

BTW, the cladding is sooo classy, love it.
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Old August 25th, 2010, 04:24 PM   #3553
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Old August 25th, 2010, 04:48 PM   #3554
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Fantastic photos - note the guy in picture 4 is riding one of the new London hire bikes! Steelwork going in on the next two floors today in miserable weather -

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Old August 25th, 2010, 05:43 PM   #3555
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That's better. All those pictures with clear blue skies were ruining London's reputation.

Now all that's needed for the stereotype to be properly fulfilled is some dense fog.
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Old August 25th, 2010, 05:50 PM   #3556
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I gotta say, I've been following this project for a while now. I've become a big fan, what with the crystal clear cladding and the unique design. I've also been impressed at how fast this thing's moving along.

My only real complaint, from what I've seen in the renders, is the top. The jagged pieces of glass just look funky to me. But, that's just coming from someone who's never been to London. I hope that when the top is finished, it looks better than the renderings.
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Old August 25th, 2010, 06:01 PM   #3557
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That's better. All those pictures with clear blue skies were ruining London's reputation.

Now all that's needed for the stereotype to be properly fulfilled is some dense fog.
Haha! No point in hiding the truth is there?
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Old August 25th, 2010, 06:26 PM   #3558
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I gotta say, I've been following this project for a while now. I've become a big fan, what with the crystal clear cladding and the unique design. I've also been impressed at how fast this thing's moving along.

My only real complaint, from what I've seen in the renders, is the top. The jagged pieces of glass just look funky to me. But, that's just coming from someone who's never been to London. I hope that when the top is finished, it looks better than the renderings.
I think you have a point there but, it's appealing to look at artistically. Mind you, a flat top can not augur well for finished work of a slat building like this one.
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Old August 25th, 2010, 06:44 PM   #3559
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I think you have a point there but, it's appealing to look at artistically. Mind you, a flat top can not augur well for finished work of a slat building like this one.
Oh no, a flat top would look horrible here. It would look unfinished. I was thinking more along the lines of a clean point at the top, like Transamerica Pyramid.
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Old August 25th, 2010, 06:50 PM   #3560
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Wow!! this is the first time I see this thread, I'll read it to the first comment or at least I'll try
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