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Old October 17th, 2010, 08:22 PM   #4161
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Old October 17th, 2010, 09:55 PM   #4162
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Old October 17th, 2010, 10:09 PM   #4163
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Thanks for the great pictures pingyao.

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Old October 17th, 2010, 10:53 PM   #4164
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Old October 18th, 2010, 02:04 AM   #4165
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Old October 18th, 2010, 01:15 PM   #4166
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Great progress; now we are in 31 or 32 floor? At the core we are on 54th i guess
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Old October 18th, 2010, 01:48 PM   #4167
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Old October 18th, 2010, 01:53 PM   #4168
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Well it looks a lot taller than st. mary axe. And st mary is around 185m? I'm not sure
180m - so you weren't far off. Then Tower 42 is 183.
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Old October 18th, 2010, 03:56 PM   #4169
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I presume when the shard is finally open that security checks will be always carried out for anyone wanting to visit the observation deck?
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Old October 18th, 2010, 05:01 PM   #4170
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On this amazing speed the core will T/O before the end of this year!!!?

19- 18 floors to go. Its really crazy fast!
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Old October 18th, 2010, 07:23 PM   #4171
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I presume when the shard is finally open that security checks will be always carried out for anyone wanting to visit the observation deck?
I have never really thought about that but now you mention it I would presume so, yes
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Old October 18th, 2010, 07:58 PM   #4172
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Just wondering when will they install a few more glass parts? Anyone knows something?
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Old October 18th, 2010, 08:15 PM   #4173
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Just wondering when will they install a few more glass parts? Anyone knows something?
They are installing the glass cladding daily, I think.
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Old October 18th, 2010, 09:14 PM   #4174
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Most probably, every major landmark is a big terrorist target.
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Old October 19th, 2010, 02:33 AM   #4175
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Old October 19th, 2010, 02:51 PM   #4176
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On this amazing speed the core will T/O before the end of this year!!!?

19- 18 floors to go. Its really crazy fast!
it was schedueld for the concrete to top-out in November (search on youtube for the London Shard and watch the 4D animated video construction simulation) - but I think they're running about a month behind schedule. By December (when the concrete tops-out) it should be the tallest in the UK (over-taking the Canary Wharf tower).
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Old October 19th, 2010, 02:56 PM   #4177
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Can they even operate the blind inside the frame when the window is stuck 5 metres out into space! I personally think this is a stupid waste of what will end up as 100+ window panes (that must cost £10k or more each or more once installation costs get added up). Sometimes architects do a lot of stupid things for aesthetic reasons. If the building was a perfect pyramid shape (without all the bits going in and out) it would look better, have a larger floorplan, be easier to build, use less glass, and IMHO look better.
I do love the building, and the glass (that doesn't warp) with it's perfectly flat reflections is stunning, but the thick white frames (that are so thick because of the integral blinds) make the glass look worse, if the glass was a bit more reflective then this wouldn't be such a problem - but from certain angles it is very transparent and that makes the white frames stand out.
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Old October 19th, 2010, 05:18 PM   #4178
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If you don't know about a subject then don't attempt to make a comment because it just makes you look ignorant...

Firstly I assume that the massive team of architects, engineers, specialists and contractors that took almost a decade to finalise the design possibly conceived of the fact that some blinds are in the bits that extend... They are most likely either automatic or are dummies so as to continue the appearance of the facade.

Secondly the choice of the framing isn't merely for aesthetic reasons... They have that depth to accommodate the blinds which were needed to provide sufficient control of solar gain and the triple glazing as a whole is necessary to allow a fully glazed facade to meet modern stringent thermal efficiency standards... The design of the glazing was arrived at after a lengthy process of prototyping, consultation and analysis to provide the minimum framing whist providing for various factors.

Thirdly, I think if you actually saw renders of it where it is just a perfect pyramid you would find it would most definitely not be as attractive and would look just clunky, unrefined and basically childish. The whole concept of the building is of planes or 'shards' of glazing 'stacked' against each other. Far more beautiful than a totally rationalised and simple glazed pyramid...

I agree it would be preferable if the framing was less obvious but given the requirements of modern building standards, you should consider it a miracle of engineering that a fully glazed facade is still possible.

And the moment you start to add a reflective film to the glass it starts to look like some naff 80s thing so don't think that is really desirable either...

So all in all I think you will find that most aspects of this building have been rather well considered. Additionally, if private investors want to spend a few extra million on functionally redundant parts of the building that serve only to make it look better then why do you care?

Finally I think it is a bad idea to judge a buildings design when it is only partially complete. Each part of it has been designed to work within the building as a larger whole so parts that look odd now may make a lot more sense to you once it is complete...
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Old October 19th, 2010, 07:07 PM   #4179
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If you don't know about a subject then don't attempt to make a comment because it just makes you look ignorant...
That's one of the dumbest pronouncements I have ever read.
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Old October 19th, 2010, 07:54 PM   #4180
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I agree with archistudent1. If it were just a pyramid, it would still look good, but it wouldn't be nearly as good as it is now. The building has a very interesting and unique form as it stands and that's one of the things that will make this one of the world's best 'scrapers.
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