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Old March 16th, 2012, 05:27 AM   #10461
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More fog and sunlight effects this morning, though sadly I only had my phone with me and a meeting to get to.

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Old March 16th, 2012, 06:17 AM   #10462
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the composition and the red buses; there's a bit the photographic auteur about mr cybertect. keep up the good work.

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Old March 16th, 2012, 06:31 AM   #10463
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Finally the last bit!
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Old March 16th, 2012, 07:33 AM   #10464
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Old March 16th, 2012, 08:32 AM   #10465
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More fog and sunlight effects this morning, though sadly I only had my phone with me and a meeting to get to.

That guy on the bicycle in the right corner is my new hero.

It's unfortunate that this building can't be located in a place like Hong Kong or Singapore. Places where it would intergrate better in the surroundings (and where there is more sunlight since this building deserves alot of that). Besides, this building stands out to much in its current location.
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Old March 16th, 2012, 09:34 AM   #10466
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... It's unfortunate that this building can't be located in a place like Hong Kong or Singapore. Places where it would intergrate better in the surroundings (and where there is more sunlight since this building deserves alot of that). Besides, this building stands out to much in its current location.
This post gives lie to that old estate agents' adage - location, weather, location. Standing out? No, we can't have that.

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Old March 16th, 2012, 10:22 AM   #10467
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That guy on the bicycle in the right corner is my new hero.

It's unfortunate that this building can't be located in a place like Hong Kong or Singapore. Places where it would intergrate better in the surroundings (and where there is more sunlight since this building deserves alot of that). Besides, this building stands out to much in its current location.
Hopefully with the economy picking up somewhat and investment still seeing London as a safe haven it will have some neighbours soon. Three Spires also by Sellar would be a great start.
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Old March 16th, 2012, 12:02 PM   #10468
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This post gives lie to that old estate agents' adage - location, weather, location. Standing out? No, we can't have that.
Don't take me wrong, its a matter of personal preference. (FYI: I'm a big fan of 'the fountain head' by Ayn Rand). I love quality when i see it but in this case, i find the building is misplaced.
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Old March 16th, 2012, 12:48 PM   #10469
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fail cladding ...
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Old March 16th, 2012, 03:08 PM   #10470
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I agree that they should have stuck with the smaller glass panes like in the renders, but in fact I think it has worked out rather well. On a cloudy day it looks moody and contemplative, but on a sunny day as you can see it is sleek and attractive. I think they got it just right in terms of prominence: in such a position it's hard to make it look flowing and seamless with the skyline without making it rather nothingy, but I think Piano managed it. I also think it would be completely wasted in a cluster, you need to be able to see all of it for the full effect. London is not a city where you can have a huge single cluster, its monuments are spread out over a large area: it has two skyscraper clusters, plus St Paul's, Westminster, Wembley, St George's Wharf and the Telecom tower... a Singapore style megacluster is not right for the old world, so the positioning of the Shard is perfect imo: just close enough so that it can be seen with the other skyscrapers, but in keeping with the spread of London's monuments. In fact it's rather unique for such a huge skyscraper to be so prominent, that's something that makes it completely unique: the only comparable building is the Ryugyong hotel, which is a prime example of the mistakes that the Shard avoided.
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Old March 16th, 2012, 03:33 PM   #10471
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As promised, here's some more photos from yesterday, with a few more that I've not posted here to be found in my Shard Gallery if you're a glutton for punishment


Without any further ado, on to the pics...


Queen Elizabeth Street




The sunrays from the morning were still evident even after noon; here's a closer look (more of that later)




East and North side glazing gaps closed and another panel about to go in




I then hopped on a 343 bus down to the southern end of Borough High Street to grab a few shots of The Shard together with Borough's parish church of St George The Martyr, designed by John Price in 1735.








Look carefully at those and you can see those rays streaming down the side of The Shard. Well, they were beaming very well, with their angles moving around as I proceeded up Borough High Street






View of the spire from the South West




Closer in. I think that's a BMU arm peeking out on the corner.





War memorial on Borough High Street, with the Shard as a backdrop




Southwark Street




And finally, a quick snap from platform 15 at London Bridge station just before I jumped on the train home in the evening

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Old March 16th, 2012, 04:08 PM   #10472
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fail cladding ...
haha! Good joke!

Remember the cladding is filthy, plus there's a layer of plastic film on the inside of each window, on top of that the floors haven't had their fit-outs yet, each floor has nothing to bounce the incoming light off thus making the shard slightly dull looking, you wait till each floor has had its fit-out and the walls and ceilings are painted white, the shard will be transformed.
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Old March 16th, 2012, 04:15 PM   #10473
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Excuse my horrific art skills, but here's an idea of how much further we have to go, using Cybertect's picture and the official render:

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Old March 16th, 2012, 04:24 PM   #10474
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Old March 16th, 2012, 05:25 PM   #10475
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Almost there for something that was thought of in a Berlin restaurant 12 years ago to finally be completed.
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Old March 16th, 2012, 05:31 PM   #10476
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Amazing rays!
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Old March 16th, 2012, 05:39 PM   #10477
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I really love that building and I really love London more now
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Old March 16th, 2012, 06:07 PM   #10478
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Old March 16th, 2012, 08:00 PM   #10479
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please forgive him because he is a french from paris
No ... french from Toulouse and i dont care about rivality between london and Paris ...
And i criticize lots of more Paris or my own town than London.

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I agree that they should have stuck with the smaller glass panes like in the renders, but in fact I think it has worked out rather well. On a cloudy day it looks moody and contemplative, but on a sunny day as you can see it is sleek and attractive. I think they got it just right in terms of prominence: in such a position it's hard to make it look flowing and seamless with the skyline without making it rather nothingy, but I think Piano managed it. I also think it would be completely wasted in a cluster, you need to be able to see all of it for the full effect. London is not a city where you can have a huge single cluster, its monuments are spread out over a large area: it has two skyscraper clusters, plus St Paul's, Westminster, Wembley, St George's Wharf and the Telecom tower... a Singapore style megacluster is not right for the old world, so the positioning of the Shard is perfect imo: just close enough so that it can be seen with the other skyscrapers, but in keeping with the spread of London's monuments. In fact it's rather unique for such a huge skyscraper to be so prominent, that's something that makes it completely unique: the only comparable building is the Ryugyong hotel, which is a prime example of the mistakes that the Shard avoided.
I hope you are right. But it seems this cladding is too much transparent and not enought reflecting ...

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Old March 16th, 2012, 08:04 PM   #10480
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London needed this and it got it. well done.
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