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Old April 11th, 2012, 04:39 PM   #11081
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We don't... that would be the French.... but then many countries use the French as an insult.
For God's sake, why do you constantly pick on us...? I don't know how old you are but once again, you're so childish man. Give my country a break & get a brain at the same time, it really is useful nowadays you know... Ravale ton amertume, ton "complexe du petit zizi", et cesse ton obsession vis à vis de tes 'voisins' d'outre-Manche, car une petite confidence entre nous, eux n'en ont rien à carrer de toi et d'une bonne partie de tes semblables.

Next time, stick to architecture or come & join the relevant threads to carry on with your bashing, we won't be surprised there as you're a 'regular customer'...

Well, I had found some very interesting stuff & wanted to share it with you guys, but finally, I'll do without.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 04:52 PM   #11082
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Just a shame it, too, has fallen victim to the British habit of tacky nicknames for tall buildings.
If anything, the name is rather lyrical ... poetical.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 05:54 PM   #11083
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FWIW I'm one of those Englishmen who has no problem with France, the French, or even Parisians (which is more than can be said for some Brétons of my acquaintance ).

Londoners seem have a bit of a similar reputation in the UK to Parisians for being aloof and rude, so perhaps I feel a bit of solidarity with them. Maybe it's just the burden that the denizens of a large, capital city have to bear. As with most stereotypes, once you scratch the surface, it turns out to be a myth.

If I wasn't in London, I'd quite happily live there.

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Ravale ton amertume, ton "complexe du petit zizi", et cesse ton obsession vis à vis de tes 'voisins' d'outre-Manche, car une petite confidence entre nous, eux n'en ont rien à carrer de toi et d'une bonne partie de tes semblables.
C'est Facile de tous nous mettre en tas,
C'est Facile de tous marcher au pas.
C'est Facile, mais moi je ne veux pas,
Et je me dis ma foi,
Mais qu'est ce qu'je fous là?
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Alors, aux Parisiens...

Anyhow, back on topic : a post-luncheon bonus pic. assembled from 51 individual frames.

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Shard Joiner - Tooley Street by cybertect, on Flickr

* en vérite, je pensais d'abord aux paroles de Tu Vas Me Manquer ("Sur ce long collier d'amertume") mais les mots de C'est Facile me semblait mieux.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 06:54 PM   #11084
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LondonFox, you're a bloody idiot. Your petty nationalism is boring and ridiculous - has no place on an international architectural forum.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 07:07 PM   #11085
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Saw the Shard on Monday coming out of London on the train it fully dominates the skyline.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 07:40 PM   #11086
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Londoners! You've been lying to the world to keep us away! It's sunny and beautiful in most of these photos!
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Old April 11th, 2012, 07:44 PM   #11087
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@ Cybertect, j'ai bien dit "une bonne partie de tes semblables", autrement dit une certaine catégorie de britanniques (bashers crétins), je ne visais pas mes amis anglais en général (ceux sains d'esprit) que j'apprécie, mais ton français étant excellent (félicitations au passage, tu nous avais caché ça lol), je suppose que tu avais saisi la nuance.

Very funny this bit of 'C'est facile', & so true...

I've been following the London thread for a while now & do appreciate your great pics/explanations (and those of many other contributors).

The above pics of Shard are fab. On a cloudy day, its cladding is amazing, not to mention the reflections... Definitely an iconic supertall, very beautiful. I'm also happy to hear that GUY'S is finally getting its new cladding (I prefered the scales looking one a lot more though), but we'll see how it stands out.

PS: sorry guys for the off topic stuff/bit in french.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 09:17 PM   #11088
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OMG this building never seems to amaze me. It looks great in all sorts of weather.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 09:18 PM   #11089
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The Shard: the only way is up

After more than three years of watching its relentless ascent, Londoners could be forgiven for failing to have registered that on March 30, the Shard finally stopped growing. The last piece of steel was fitted to the tower’s crown by a trio of site operatives known to history as Daz, G-man and Mr B, bringing it to a height of 309.6768 metres – a figure that varies ever so slightly in response to changes in temperature.

That is a full 75 metres taller than One Canada Square, the tower at London’s Canary Wharf that has been Britain’s tallest since its completion in 1991. When work on the Shard finishes at the beginning of next year it will not only claim that title but that of tallest building across the entire European Union.

Unsurprisingly, given its prominence, few recent buildings have proved more divisive. For its fans, the Shard is a statement of London’s confidence – of the fact that this ancient city has now grown into a thrusting metropolis, unburdened by its past, and with nothing to fear from the likes of Frankfurt and Shanghai. They argue, too, that there is much that is remarkable about the design beyond the matter of its height.

Love it or loathe it, that certainly is true. It is the work of the Italian architect Renzo Piano, perhaps best known for designing Paris’s stridently mechanistic Pompidou Centre with his former partner, Richard Rogers. The Shard, however, belongs to a different tradition of modern architecture – one that draws its imagery not from industry but from the organic world.

In the early decades of the last century, a group of German architects, centred on the utopian visionary Bruno Taut, became enamoured by the idea of directing new developments in glass technology towards the creation of buildings of crystalline form and often gargantuan scale.

They built almost nothing, but schemes such as Taut’s fantastical proposal of 1919 to create a city in the Alps constructed entirely of glass continue to resonate in the imaginations of architects today. The sparkling, craggy spire that now looms over London Bridge station could have been plucked straight from one of Taut’s expressionistic watercolours.

The fact that the Shard’s footprint shrinks from floor to floor has major implications not only for its appearance but for its organisation, too. Different sizes of floor invite different uses. The bottom third of the building – where the floors are broadest – happily accommodates office space, but above that restaurants, a hotel, a spa, and some of London’s most desirable apartments are being slotted in. The public viewing gallery at the very top is expected to attract more than two million visitors each year. While Piano’s claim that the Shard is not a tower but “a vertical city” might smack of hyperbole, it is undeniable that in its mix of uses, his building differs radically from any built in the UK before.

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Old April 11th, 2012, 09:34 PM   #11090
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#96 - Shard London Bridge by Cliff_R, on Flickr

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Old April 11th, 2012, 10:08 PM   #11091
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it looks great on rather rainy days, IMO it looks bad on sunny days
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Old April 11th, 2012, 10:15 PM   #11092
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Londoners! You've been lying to the world to keep us away! It's sunny and beautiful in most of these photos!
London's climate is not as bad as most foreigners believe and of course the days of the famous "smog" are long gone, but it is very variable, can feel like Summer one day and then Winter the next!
But this thread is about the "Shard" so will conclude that I think it is one of the more interesting and better looking new supertalls being built at the moment and will become a real London landmark,no doubt about that. More elegant than No. 1 World Trade Centre New York which has too much bulk.
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Old April 12th, 2012, 12:18 AM   #11094
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I wonder why the rays are not parallel to each other

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Old April 12th, 2012, 12:32 AM   #11095
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It's been asked about on the London thread


The 'burst' is an effect of perspective, the rays themselves would be/are parallel.

It's exactly the same as the traditional sunrays noted by artists like Turner

http://realitybitesartblog.blogspot....-deriding.html

You see the same thing when the sun breaks through clouds from above, even though rays from the sun are about as close to parallel as you can get.

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Old April 12th, 2012, 12:39 AM   #11096
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Russia is an Eurasian country. It does cover both.
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Old April 12th, 2012, 12:45 AM   #11097
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and how does it relate to the shard?
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Old April 12th, 2012, 01:29 AM   #11098
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Last update for the day

Spire with the derrick crane on the SW corner





spot the guy abseiling his way up to the peak of the south side...





At ground level, the most significant development has been the hoarding around Gate 1 being taken down and replaced by a lower, moveable metal fence. The site entrance turnstiles for construction workers have gone with it.



giving us a better look at the escalator



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Old April 12th, 2012, 02:04 AM   #11099
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Sorry, I lied about it being the last - I forgot this photo from this morning.

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Sorry, I lied about it being the last - I forgot this photo from this morning.

Great pictures my friend! Love the Shard

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