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Old December 14th, 2011, 07:13 PM   #9441
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Top end looks like the tower of babel by breughel.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 09:54 PM   #9442
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The Shard looks so tall!



Ummm.... Maybe not...
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Old December 14th, 2011, 10:30 PM   #9443
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can you see cn tower from the top floor of bunjr dubai ?
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Old December 15th, 2011, 12:08 AM   #9444
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Old December 15th, 2011, 12:12 AM   #9445
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I dont like it that much. Definitely will never be the icon of a city like London..
Nothing impressive.
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Old December 15th, 2011, 12:17 AM   #9446
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^ it has already become an icon of london because of it's fantastic location (next to city hall and tower bridge) and height (it'll become the tallest in europe)
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Old December 15th, 2011, 12:23 AM   #9447
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No, it won't. I don't want to start Moscov vs. London flame war again, but Moscow is in Europe, and there are higher skyscrapers being built.
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Old December 15th, 2011, 12:27 AM   #9448
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^ that's right moscow is in europe but the construction speed of mecury tower being built in moscow is incredibly slow compared to the shard's, which means that the shard will become the tallest skyscraper in the entire europe (for a short time) when it's completed, bare in mind that the shard is nearly T/O and it will still break the record as well not to mention the attention that the shard gets compared to mecury or federation tower.
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Old December 15th, 2011, 01:12 AM   #9449
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Wonder what the shards sqft is compared to the gherkin? The shard doesn't take up a lot of airspace due to its steeple like shape.
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Old December 15th, 2011, 06:04 PM   #9450
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Great finds as always SO143.
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Old December 15th, 2011, 09:56 PM   #9451
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Symbols of hope for better times ahead

No building summed up 2011 quite like the Shard, a sky-high hymn to optimism.

Work on the Empire State Building began on St Patrick's Day, 17 March 1930, just months after Wall Street crashed and the world was plunged into a decade-long recession. Talk about bad timing. This was far more than a run-of-the-mill office block; it was the tallest building in the world. The first with more than 100 floors, it was a brilliant Art Deco design by William F Lamb (1883-1952), of Shreve Lamb and Harmon, spiring up into the Manhattan skyline and symbolising what was meant to be the crowning might of US capitalism and the prosperous American way of life. When it opened on 1 May 1931, New York was down on its uppers. Yip Harburg and Jay Gorney caught the mood of the time pitch-perfectly with Brother, Can You Spare a Dime, the anthem of the Great Depression. Harburg was a New Yorker. Was he looking at the Empire State Building when he wrote these lines: "Once I built a tower to the sun/Brick and rivet and lime/Once I built a tower, now it's done/Brother, can you spare a dime?" Yet the Empire State Building was also a highly visible sign of how to build out of a recession, of better time some way ahead. It cost $41m, or about $500m in today's money, and first turned a profit in 1950. Today, the skyscraper is a commercial success and one of the world's most famous and best-loved buildings.

Late this summer, I sat with the architect Renzo Piano at Ronchamp in the shadow of Le Corbusier's haunting pilgrimage chapel of Notre Dame du Haut; beneath the chapel, Piano and his team were completing a low-budget, yet intelligently planned and beautifully resolved convent for the Poor Clare sisters, dug out of sight into the hillside. The convent, a highlight of my 2011, might be taken for the apotheosis of recessionary design, a perfect symbol of our need to cut our coats according to our cloth. But I was talking with the same Renzo Piano whose Shard London Bridge – Britain's tallest building – has been shooting above the skylines of Southwark and the City of London this year as the British economy tumbles deeper into recession. Construction work on this $700m, 95-floor tower began in March 2009 as financial markets stumbled. It is due to open in May 2012. The timing seems unfortunate. Whatever you think of the design of the Shard, though, and its impact on London's skyline, perhaps it is an Empire State Building for our times, a symbol of daring and optimism in a year that has seemed so dispiriting. There it shines, a great blade of steel, concrete and glass pointing the way to the good times to come. Maybe.

That time with Renzo Piano at Ronchamp said so much, to me at least, of how 2011 has tugged us in apparently contradictory directions. The convent for the Poor Clares is ascetic and quietly beautiful architecture dug into the earth and realised on a budget as modest as those who live and pray there. The Shard London Bridge is bravura design, all show and skyward-soaring energy. Here, boiled down from all the buildings I've seen and experienced this year, is a pair framing optimism and suggesting hope. We need both God and Mammon, or spirit and money, to make sense and to create ease in our messy world: 2011 offered monuments to both as the Empire State Building (left) had done 80 years ago.
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Old December 15th, 2011, 11:44 PM   #9452
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Old December 16th, 2011, 03:10 AM   #9455
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Old December 16th, 2011, 03:45 AM   #9456
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I dont like it that much. Definitely will never be the icon of a city like London..
Nothing impressive.
I agree, it looks like any other skyscraper.




I won't be the icon of London, but it's destined to be one of many. Just like 30SMA (The Gherkin) has become.
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Old December 16th, 2011, 04:10 PM   #9457
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Old December 16th, 2011, 06:49 PM   #9458
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Old December 16th, 2011, 07:04 PM   #9459
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Old December 16th, 2011, 07:29 PM   #9460
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The roof terrace must be the best thing about One New Change.
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