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Old March 25th, 2012, 07:22 PM   #10661
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Old March 25th, 2012, 08:01 PM   #10662
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I've lurked on this forum for months to check out the great photos people have posted of this development.

One thing I like about this building is that the height and form actually reduces the impact of the bulk.

Consider the entire floorspace. Most of it is concentrated far lower down. I bet the 'average' height of a square metre of office space is only 80-100 metres at most.

Were the architect to have gone for a traditional square plan extrusion, we'd have ended up with yet another dull box. Drawing out the volume up in an ever narrowing cross-section draws the eye away from the bulk and creates a rare example of elegant architectural theatre.

Such techniques were once common in architecture. Domes, turrets, fleche towers and spires all perform the same job. Just go and look at any building adorned by such supposedly unnecessary additions and imagine them removed. The building is diminished as a result.

Unfortunately for us, such architectural flourishes are rare. They could have saved a lot of money by dispensing with the last 100 metres of this building and fattening up the remaining 2/3rds. It would have been yet another pig-ugly eye sore, but it would have made more money for the owners.

So, hooray for the shard!
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Old March 25th, 2012, 08:12 PM   #10663
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They could have saved a lot of money by dispensing with the last 100 metres of this building and fattening up the remaining 2/3rds. It would have been yet another pig-ugly eye sore, but it would have made more money for the owners.
So, hooray for the shard!
The only way a 300m tower will ever get planning permission in London is if it's an architectural statement.

A tower built purely for commercial floor space reasons, i.e a simple box type shape, wouldn't get past first base with the planning authorities.

..if you want to build this tall in London, you have to raise your game.
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Old March 25th, 2012, 08:38 PM   #10664
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Old March 25th, 2012, 08:51 PM   #10665
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epic! hats off for the workers and also the pics
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Old March 25th, 2012, 08:56 PM   #10666
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What naughty photos!
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Old March 25th, 2012, 08:57 PM   #10667
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Old March 25th, 2012, 09:36 PM   #10668
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Epic. Well done that man.
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Old March 25th, 2012, 10:11 PM   #10669
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I've lurked on this forum for months to check out the great photos people have posted of this development.

One thing I like about this building is that the height and form actually reduces the impact of the bulk.

Consider the entire floorspace. Most of it is concentrated far lower down. I bet the 'average' height of a square metre of office space is only 80-100 metres at most.

Were the architect to have gone for a traditional square plan extrusion, we'd have ended up with yet another dull box. Drawing out the volume up in an ever narrowing cross-section draws the eye away from the bulk and creates a rare example of elegant architectural theatre.

Such techniques were once common in architecture. Domes, turrets, fleche towers and spires all perform the same job. Just go and look at any building adorned by such supposedly unnecessary additions and imagine them removed. The building is diminished as a result.

Unfortunately for us, such architectural flourishes are rare. They could have saved a lot of money by dispensing with the last 100 metres of this building and fattening up the remaining 2/3rds. It would have been yet another pig-ugly eye sore, but it would have made more money for the owners.

So, hooray for the shard!
I think its already become one of the most beautiful and exciting new skyscrapers in the world - once the shell is finally complete and cranes removed, it will earn that title.
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Old March 25th, 2012, 10:49 PM   #10670
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Old March 25th, 2012, 11:45 PM   #10671
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When the spire is in place the world can end. chest.
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Old March 26th, 2012, 12:48 AM   #10672
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Breathtaking photo's !! 1st class
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Old March 26th, 2012, 01:37 AM   #10673
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Genuinely breath-taking.This must be a moment that this construction worker will never forget.

Fantastic to see the spire completed.

Thanks for all your efforts Chest.
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Old March 26th, 2012, 02:17 AM   #10674
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Man, imagine that view they must have had. I hope they took a pic or a video while they were up there, kinda like they did on top of the Burj Khalifa
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Old March 26th, 2012, 02:21 AM   #10675
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Fantastic to see the spire completed.
There is still a "Shard" to be completed, the tallest one
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Old March 26th, 2012, 03:05 AM   #10676
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Man, imagine that view they must have had. I hope they took a pic or a video while they were up there, kinda like they did on top of the Burj Khalifa
I personally wouldn't want to risk dropping my phone or camera..I doubt it would survive the fall
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Old March 26th, 2012, 04:27 AM   #10677
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They are having the time of their lives.
I've been waiting for so long
Now I've finally found supertall
To stand by Guys
We saw the cladding on the wall
As we felt this magical
Fantasy
Now with glazing on our spire
There's no way we could disguise it
Secretly
So we take each other's hand
'Cause we seem to understand
The urgency just remember
You're the one shard
I can't get enough of
So I'll tell you something
This could be love because
I've had the time of my life
No I never felt like this before
Yes I swear it's the truth
And I owe it all to you

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Old March 26th, 2012, 04:34 AM   #10678
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Old March 26th, 2012, 08:14 AM   #10679
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Can they start on some steel at Fenchurch already? haha
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Old March 26th, 2012, 11:16 AM   #10680
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Stunning pictures. A great landmark for London.

A new job for Edwin van der Sar?:

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