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Old September 19th, 2010, 10:42 AM   #3861
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It's starting to get very tall now, that's cool . To be honest, I expected the clad to look great from all angles but as far as I can see (cf Portonuts's pic) it looks pretty plain in the sun (at least in that picture), it reminds me of another skyscraper whose clad is wicked when the weather's cloudy/dark and quite 'so-so' when very blue/sunny...but I'm gonna wait for the whole building to be cladded to give my verdict though. The Shard's architecture is very pretty, would be sad if its clad was not up to it.

Guy's looks terrible & shabby in that picture, I wish Shard was not that close to it...but as far as I remember, the new clad planned next year looks great, pretty much 'scales looking' if I'm not mistaken, it will make Guy's look so much better.
cant agree with you more, i like the cladding most when total cloud cover is reflective from it, it gives the impression of the cladding being more of a aluminium or high grade stainless sheeting job.
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Old September 19th, 2010, 12:35 PM   #3862
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The idea of a skyscraper totally clad in glass dates back to Mies Van der Rohe's Glass Skyscraper designed for Berlin in 1922 (though never built). Cladding in glass gives a clean, easily maintained and both transparent and reflective surface for the building which permits uninterrupted views of the city below.

Considering this building is called the 'Shard', it would be surprising if it were not clad entirely in glass and I guess it will have a really dramatic effect. Whilst it may never go out of fashion to the extent that Guy Tower's concrete is now out of fashion, it is not that adventurous - rather like the tendency a few years back for all cars to be finished in silver / grey.
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Old September 19th, 2010, 04:17 PM   #3863
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This cladding is completely transparent on cloudy days and gets a nice blue shade on sunny days.
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Old September 19th, 2010, 04:21 PM   #3864
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This cladding is completely transparent on cloudy days and gets a nice blue shade on sunny days.
I wonder how many birds will fly into it.
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Old September 19th, 2010, 06:44 PM   #3865
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just joined what a brilliant site.cant believe nobody had this username
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Old September 19th, 2010, 07:08 PM   #3866
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Old September 19th, 2010, 07:43 PM   #3867
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Old September 19th, 2010, 08:26 PM   #3868
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Old September 19th, 2010, 08:28 PM   #3869
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I had a feeling that the core would rise faster as it got skinnier, but I didn't think it'd move this fast! Fantastic!
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Old September 19th, 2010, 09:26 PM   #3870
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This will be a fantastic tower when complete!
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Old September 19th, 2010, 09:41 PM   #3871
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!!! The progress is crazy fast !!!


Never seen in my whole life!!!



Wonderfull updates, very nice additions.
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Old September 19th, 2010, 11:03 PM   #3872
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Old September 19th, 2010, 11:50 PM   #3873
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The pace of construction is really, really impressive.
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Old September 20th, 2010, 12:06 AM   #3874
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Can't get over how fast the smaller core is shooting up... And I know I'm about the 100th person to say that
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Old September 20th, 2010, 12:26 AM   #3875
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Old September 20th, 2010, 07:56 AM   #3876
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same resources less concrete and steel to erect = faster progress...dont blink.
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Old September 20th, 2010, 08:03 AM   #3877
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Love this project.
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Old September 20th, 2010, 01:17 PM   #3878
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It won't be long before it already dominates the skyline.
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Old September 20th, 2010, 01:18 PM   #3879
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A few pics from Friday afternoon. As usual, there are more to be found in my Shard Gallery.

Tooley Street




St Thomas Street/Bermondsey Street






Gate 3






Core at level 48 from Gate 3




From the entrance to the site office and New London Bridge House demolition




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Old September 20th, 2010, 01:19 PM   #3880
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Considering this building is called the 'Shard', it would be surprising if it were not clad entirely in glass
Well, I suppose it could have been clad in pottery tiles, but Renzo's already done that in London at Central St. Giles
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