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Old August 3rd, 2012, 01:48 PM   #12261
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Seems that the Shard is London's newest icon...
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Old August 4th, 2012, 04:55 AM   #12262
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Old August 4th, 2012, 05:09 AM   #12263
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Look at how clean, elegant and futuristic the Shard looks in that picture!
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Old August 4th, 2012, 07:17 AM   #12264
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Old August 4th, 2012, 07:18 AM   #12265
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Old August 4th, 2012, 07:34 AM   #12266
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Wow the last pictures nice! You would think a design like this would look awful in the renderings ( I've never seen them) but it looks so good. Only 1 building in London that's under construction that I think can top this!
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Old August 4th, 2012, 09:20 AM   #12267
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Could someone help embed this:
The Shard Baby's Official Shard diagram time-lapse Part 1
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Old August 4th, 2012, 09:26 AM   #12268
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A gasholder! I didn't think any of those were still around. Are they preserving it for some reason? Looks very old.
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Old August 4th, 2012, 10:03 AM   #12269
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A gasholder! I didn't think any of those were still around. Are they preserving it for some reason? Looks very old.
There's quite a few left in London, some are 'listed' (i.e. cannot be demolished due to architectural heritage value). Famously those on the King's Cross railway Lands have been retained and incorporated into the new buildings of the redevelopment there.

Other significant groups of gasholders still stand at Battersea, Oval, Old Kent Road, Sands End (between Chelsea and Fulham), Kensal Green, Bromley-by-Bow and Beckton. Many more have been demolished, however. I remember a gigantic gas holder in Brentford used to loom over my neighbourhood where I grew up, I guess it's been demolished for almost 30 years now... there's a very similar one still standing at Southall, very prominent from the Heathrow Express if you've ever used it.

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The one in these pictures is by the canal near Bethnal Green (just north of Cambridge Heath railway station).
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Old August 4th, 2012, 10:52 AM   #12270
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shard="Douba´" on Thames
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Old August 4th, 2012, 03:49 PM   #12271
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I have to say, it's not aesthetically very pleasing to the eye to see the shard transparent at the top while the rest is not (as we can see in the last picture). They should have used a less transparent kind of glass to give it consistency.
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Old August 5th, 2012, 12:11 PM   #12272
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Great image: credit BBC.

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Old August 5th, 2012, 01:15 PM   #12273
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Great image indeed. Why didn't the opening ceremony feature this?

Way to go London!
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Old August 5th, 2012, 08:33 PM   #12274
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One thing that's surprised me about the Shard is how successful it is in the environment of changeable weather that London is famous for. There have been some monster skies recently, and the way the glass reflects the sky is just brilliant. It looks different from minute to minute.

I think that 1WTC in New York is going to enjoy that effect even more, on account of its mirror glass.
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Old August 5th, 2012, 09:46 PM   #12275
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Is this a preview of the end-ceremony of the Olympics?????

Nice picture.
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Old August 5th, 2012, 10:01 PM   #12276
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Is this a preview of the end-ceremony of the Olympics?????
No, it's the BBC's brilliant image for their Olympics TV coverage.
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Old August 5th, 2012, 10:06 PM   #12277
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To see that brilliant BBC Olympics image of London in context, here's the full 'Stadium UK' video:



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Old August 5th, 2012, 10:15 PM   #12278
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Old August 5th, 2012, 11:34 PM   #12279
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Old August 5th, 2012, 11:58 PM   #12280
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Here's a more complete version of that BBC Olympics image showing more on each side:

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Plus the video it features in:
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