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Old June 14th, 2012, 02:12 AM   #11821
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Old June 14th, 2012, 06:16 PM   #11822
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The Shard always appears dirty.
I guess the less heavily tinted glass is both a blessing and a curse.
Or there is just so much pollution in London it is impossible to keep it clean looking.
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Old June 14th, 2012, 06:20 PM   #11823
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The Shard always appears dirty.
I guess the less heavily tinted glass is both a blessing and a curse.
Or there is just so much pollution in London it is impossible to keep it clean looking.
They are still in the post-construction clean-up phase. Most of that crap in Cement dust. The abseiling cleaners and guys in the BMU cradles are out on a regular basis scrubbing the crap off.
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Old June 14th, 2012, 10:27 PM   #11824
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They are still in the post-construction clean-up phase. Most of that crap in Cement dust. The abseiling cleaners and guys in the BMU cradles are out on a regular basis scrubbing the crap off.
I don't think that's the whole story. There's a chunk of floors in the middle that seem not to have been cleaned when the rest of the building was, just about the time the top was finished.

I saw someone suggest that these are the hotel floors. Could it be the hotel has to pay for its own window cleaning?
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Old June 14th, 2012, 10:49 PM   #11825
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Did something I've been meaning to do for a while today - make my way to work via the north bank of the Thames to catch the morning light on the northern side of The Shard.







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Old June 15th, 2012, 02:37 AM   #11826
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I don't think that's the whole story. There's a chunk of floors in the middle that seem not to have been cleaned when the rest of the building was, just about the time the top was finished.

I saw someone suggest that these are the hotel floors. Could it be the hotel has to pay for its own window cleaning?
I don't think those middle floors have been cleaned once ever. I know the top and the base have seen a cleaning or two but for some reason the middle still hasn't. It's very noticeable what are they waiting for?
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Old June 15th, 2012, 03:59 AM   #11827
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Great shots cybertect, thanks for posting.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 04:05 AM   #11828
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Woah that thing looks MASSIVE in London, and it's beautiful too.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 06:34 AM   #11829
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For more general aerial shots of London, see the slideshow here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/pict...?frame=2248134
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Old June 15th, 2012, 09:50 AM   #11830
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wow dense and great at the same time!!
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Old June 15th, 2012, 11:20 AM   #11831
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Good article here. Some interior shots too

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18438604
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Old June 15th, 2012, 01:28 PM   #11832
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I don't think that's the whole story. There's a chunk of floors in the middle that seem not to have been cleaned when the rest of the building was, just about the time the top was finished.

I saw someone suggest that these are the hotel floors. Could it be the hotel has to pay for its own window cleaning?
If that's the case then someone needs to call room service and request a windo scrub ASAP.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 01:49 PM   #11833
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Old June 15th, 2012, 03:38 PM   #11834
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Good article here. Some interior shots too

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18438604
This article has some wise words which don't just apply to very tall buildings but to architecture in general.

"Gillian Horn, a partner of the award-winning architectural practice Penoyre and Prasad, stresses the need "to build humanity into a tower". This is especially so at ground level, where passers-by are in a position to judge the material from which a building is draped (glass or stone or brick or concrete) and how that is treated.

"What does the tower give to the city? What is it like to approach it at street level? Those are the interesting challenges," says Horn.

Pedestrians deserve more than a blank facade, or a cluster of air vents and driveways for vehicle access. Careless designers of tall buildings can end up being dismissive of what Horn calls "the human level".

In order to encourage walking and street life, buildings need to interact with what is at ground level. Car parks, for instance, can sever a building's connection to its city. Campbell notes that the Gherkin only has about 20 parking spaces in the basement.


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Old June 15th, 2012, 04:12 PM   #11835
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I don't think those middle floors have been cleaned once ever. I know the top and the base have seen a cleaning or two but for some reason the middle still hasn't. It's very noticeable what are they waiting for?
What is the point of cleaning windows that still have their internal protection coating still in place, the hotel wont be open until next year.

..seriously, some of these questions are just petty, not to mention downright dumb.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 05:00 PM   #11836
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Someone will probably know...

I thought the orange/red bits in the windows were blind boxes?

Surely there wont be blinds in the windows in the open air section at the top?
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Old June 15th, 2012, 05:06 PM   #11837
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What is the point of cleaning windows that still have their internal protection coating still in place, the hotel wont be open until next year.

..seriously, some of these questions are just petty, not to mention downright dumb.
If your desk was like mine and looks up at the North Face you'd see how downright filthy and spattered the windows look. There are already some photos of the completed building gleaming in the sun. I suspect that the imacpt will be even greater when the gunge has been wiped off.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 05:07 PM   #11838
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They are still building it and finishing bits off so why would they clean the entire site yet... besides the building work next door would just dirty it again.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 05:12 PM   #11839
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I thought the orange/red bits in the windows were blind boxes?

Surely there wont be blinds in the windows in the open air section at the top?
Yes they are. No there won't. To keep the look consistant.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 05:23 PM   #11840
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What is the point of cleaning windows that still have their internal protection coating still in place, the hotel wont be open until next year.

..seriously, some of these questions are just petty, not to mention downright dumb.
Im not saying that they should do the whole complete clean right now, but at least just go over the middle section lightly like they've already done with the lower and upper part of the building. Like some said, it's pretty noticeable. Lower part isn't spotless by any means but at least the windows aren't black while viewing them like the middle section.
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