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Old June 24th, 2012, 04:05 PM   #11881
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could be quite windy up there if these gaps are not closed.
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Old June 24th, 2012, 05:06 PM   #11882
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If someone jumps from that gap, he will fall onto the sloped surface of the building and slide down to his death.

Might be quite fun, actually.
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Old June 24th, 2012, 05:10 PM   #11883
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Hopefully they can get the hoist taken down and the building fully cladded before the opening on July 5.
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Old June 24th, 2012, 07:22 PM   #11884
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It wouldn't surprise me if at sometime in the future it will become necessary to to seal off those interior areas at the top of the building when weathering causes damage (which it inevitably will) and wind blown debris starts making a mess. There's also a few birds which will fly that high that are seen atop New York skycrapers quite often. In any case if that ever happens it can be dealt with without disrupting the design. This has been one of my favorite projects in the world and the design is bold, modern, and is certain to be associated with London in the same way that the Eiffel Tower is associated with Paris. It's a beautiful addition to the London skyline.
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Old June 24th, 2012, 08:17 PM   #11885
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People will hear the word "London" and instantly think of the Shard. Like how the words New York instantly remind people of ESB and The Eiffel Tower for Paris.
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Old June 24th, 2012, 09:10 PM   #11886
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It wouldn't surprise me if at sometime in the future it will become necessary to to seal off those interior areas at the top of the building when weathering causes damage (which it inevitably will) and wind blown debris starts making a mess. There's also a few birds which will fly that high that are seen atop New York skycrapers quite often. In any case if that ever happens it can be dealt with without disrupting the design. This has been one of my favorite projects in the world and the design is bold, modern, and is certain to be associated with London in the same way that the Eiffel Tower is associated with Paris. It's a beautiful addition to the London skyline.
Talking of the Eiffel Tower, they don't seem to have too many problems with an open structure at the top... or the middle or the bottom.
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Old June 24th, 2012, 10:37 PM   #11887
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that because its completely open ,so any litter or rain would get washed away ,the whole structure is steel lattice work so theres no built up areas to collect rubbish .
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Old June 25th, 2012, 07:57 PM   #11888
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From Wapping, first thing this morning: View Large

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Old June 25th, 2012, 10:37 PM   #11889
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BTW, glazing has started going on to the lower level canopies on Joiner Street



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Old June 26th, 2012, 12:27 AM   #11890
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I am following this forum for a couple of years and I have seen this building grow over the past 2 years and I must say, I am shocked by the result and itís a shame for London. It would have been great for Shanghai, Dubai or Singapore, but not for London. To create a harmonious skyline there should be a compact city with buildings of several heights all closely together. Tall ones, middle height ones and a lot of smaller ones and with one building as the jewel in the crown, like the old Twins in NYC and now the new WTC. This one should be the jewel for London, but it isnít, because London doesnít have a skyline at all. Itís just a bunch of buildings randomly put together on a wide area and just for prestigious reasons the city would like to have the tallest building in Europe! Itís a pity for the historic buildings such as the Big Ben, the Tower Bridge etc. And the race for the tallest building will always be won by Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan or whatever oil/gas republic. Pull down this one before the Olympics will start.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 12:29 AM   #11891
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Old June 26th, 2012, 12:41 AM   #11892
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I am following this forum for a couple of years and I have seen this building grow over the past 2 years and I must say, I am shocked by the result and itís a shame for London. It would have been great for Shanghai, Dubai or Singapore, but not for London. To create a harmonious skyline there should be a compact city with buildings of several heights all closely together. Tall ones, middle height ones and a lot of smaller ones and with one building as the jewel in the crown, like the old Twins in NYC and now the new WTC. This one should be the jewel for London, but it isnít, because London doesnít have a skyline at all. Itís just a bunch of buildings randomly put together on a wide area and just for prestigious reasons the city would like to have the tallest building in Europe! Itís a pity for the historic buildings such as the Big Ben, the Tower Bridge etc. And the race for the tallest building will always be won by Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan or whatever oil/gas republic. Pull down this one before the Olympics will start.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 01:03 AM   #11893
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Old June 26th, 2012, 01:50 AM   #11894
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This one should be the jewel for London, but it isnít, because London doesnít have a skyline at all. Itís just a bunch of buildings randomly put together on a wide area
And it always has been. That is the very nature of London's skyline, it has always been a hotch-potch of low buildings with huge spires and other buildings popping out in random places. If you don't like that, fair enough, but you can't say it doesn't fit with the rest of London.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 04:08 PM   #11895
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Old June 26th, 2012, 07:39 PM   #11896
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Pull down this one before the Olympics will start.
I don't like to criticize others who want to express their opinions but for a first post I don't think you're off to a very good start. Myself and others have mentioned the Eiffel Tower which everyone associates with Paris but when it was originally built there was a lot of opposition to such an unusual and massive structure in the heart of that beautiful city but over time it became extremely popular and and is widely regarded as a magnificent acheivement. London has a number of rather unusual designs for some of the newer buildings but it's created a unique skyline with it's own character and I think most of us have also grown to appreciate The Shard as well. And no, I don't think they'll be tearing it down before the Olympics.
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Old June 27th, 2012, 12:14 AM   #11897
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Here's a few pics taken earlier this evening, mostly the lower level canopies on Joiner Street, which are nearing completion.









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Nowadays I can't imagine London without the Shard...!
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Old June 27th, 2012, 02:31 PM   #11899
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There was a noticeable smell of new paint around the entrance to London Bridge station this morning - looked like the white columns had received a fresh coat overnight.

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This chap was cleaning the ones on the western side




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Old June 27th, 2012, 04:57 PM   #11900
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The Shard is so massive and dominating! I cannot believe that it is only the 59th tallest building in the world!!!!
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