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Old March 10th, 2009, 09:10 PM   #1241
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I guess our gallic detractor was refering to this proposed Paris monstrosity by Herzog and De Meuron



How much chance is there of this getting built?

Russia Tower and Ryungdong Hotel aren't pyramids they only have a pyramidal silhouette. They, like the Burj Dubai are three non pyramidal towers connected at the central vertical axis. Russia Tower is doubtful for years. Luxor Hotel? that was a joke surely? Only Transamerica is similar to the Shard. The Shard incidently, has 9 sides, not all of which go to the top. Pyramids have been around for thousands of years, but they haven't been done as well as this.

Eiffel Tower? Thats just a TV mast!

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Old March 10th, 2009, 11:02 PM   #1242
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that looks awsome.
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Old March 11th, 2009, 12:16 AM   #1243
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this will be great addition to the skyline.
you beat us by 1 meter. bloody poms. ha
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Old March 11th, 2009, 12:29 AM   #1244
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its a nice glass pyramide. but its not the architectural squaring of the circle.

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Old March 11th, 2009, 12:33 AM   #1245
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this will be great addition to the skyline.
you beat us by 1 meter. bloody poms. ha
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Old March 11th, 2009, 08:59 PM   #1246
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^ But thats a structure not a skyscraper..surely?


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Old March 12th, 2009, 01:23 AM   #1247
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There is 12 residential floors and each appartement is on 2 floors
so there will be only 6 residential unit !!
only 6 elite family who will live there >_<
some lucky soooo rich people !
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Old March 12th, 2009, 08:10 AM   #1248
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ohhh,that brings london a new image.
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Old March 13th, 2009, 02:10 AM   #1249
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this will be great addition to the skyline.
you beat us by 1 meter. bloody poms. ha
we already have one taller, just its in the countryside so no one is usually aware it exists.
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Old March 13th, 2009, 02:40 AM   #1250
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Whats the progress on this building. I came here a few times before and it was just being approve. I don't know how long ago that was.
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Old March 13th, 2009, 07:34 AM   #1251
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Whats the progress on this building. I came here a few times before and it was just being approve. I don't know how long ago that was.
They just demolished the building and broke the ground. It is under construction now.
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Old March 14th, 2009, 03:07 PM   #1252
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Hopefully this will be finished in time, and not delayed.
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Old March 14th, 2009, 03:16 PM   #1253
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Mace take over from Monday so it will be full speed ahead!
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Old March 14th, 2009, 04:27 PM   #1254
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how sensitive you are, you, english people!

it's authorized not to love the "pyramid" personally i like it, but i must say that's a shame skycrapers are built quite anarchically in london.

and Zedferret, i think lots of capitals in the world would love to have a "tv mast" like the eiffel tower... but i understand londiners have hang-ups...

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Old March 14th, 2009, 05:59 PM   #1255
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Mace take over from Monday so it will be full speed ahead!
Brilliant!
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Old March 15th, 2009, 12:09 AM   #1256
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Very nice tower. Hoppefully, i don't live so far from London, so when the tower will be completed, i'll take the next train!
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Old March 15th, 2009, 02:26 AM   #1257
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and Zedferret, i think lots of capitals in the world would love to have a "tv mast" like the eiffel tower... but i understand londiners have hang-ups...
My comment was a joke reffering to another posters dismissal of the Shard as 'just another pyramid'. I Love the Tour Eiffel, but I wouldn't want anything like it in London.
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Old March 15th, 2009, 03:13 AM   #1258
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I think will be a blight on the London skyline - which in my view is already fragmented.

Great building in its own right, however.
Well it's an enormous city, of course the skyline will be fragmented. New York has several skylines across the city.
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Old March 16th, 2009, 11:09 AM   #1259
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http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/cbf878e4-1...0779fd2ac.html

Shard reaches for the sky amid office sector gloom

By David Fickling

Published: March 16 2009 02:00

Construction of western Europe's tallest building will begin in London today amid the gloomiest market for commercial building in decades, thanks to backing from a group of Qatari banks.

Designed by Renzo Piano, the Shard of Glass will tower 1,016ft above London Bridge station and stand nearly three times as high as St Paul's Cathedral.

The developers hope to avoid comparisons with One Canada Square, which it will overtake as the UK's tallest building when it is completed in 2012. The 800ft centrepiece of Canary Wharf was finished in the depths of the last recession in 1991 but remained part-occupied for most of the 1990s, leading to the collapse of its Canadian developer Olympia & York.

"This will be a landmark building and we've already let out 40 per cent of it," said Bernard Ainsworth, project managing director.

New orders in the non-residential building sector in the three months to the end of January came to just £2bn, compared with £4.1bn in the same period last year, according to recent data from the Office of National Statistics.

By comparison, the development cost of London Bridge Quarter alone is priced at £2bn, with £650m in contracts put out to tender so far.

"This is one of the few shows left in town now," said Chris Cole, chief executive of WSP, the structural engineer on the project.

Financial backing will be provided by a consortium of four Qatari banks - QInvest, Qatar National Bank, Qatari Islamic Bank and Barwa - as well as UK-based property developers Sellar. They came in after European lenders, including Credit Suisse and Hypo Real Estate, withdrew following the onset of the credit crunch in 2007. Hypo was bailed out by Germany's central bank last October.

Construction companies have been focusing on work for the public sector and regulated utilities, with hopes attached to projects such as the Olympics site, Crossrail and the widening of the M25.

But Derek Tordoff, director-general of the British Constructional Steelwork Association, said any stimulus from public projects would be blunted by their comparatively small scale next to the massive but ailing commercial sector.

"Everyone thinks the Olympics is the saviour of the construction industry but there will be more steel going into [the Shard] this year than into the entire Olympics site," he said.

One major public sector client has already bought into the Shard project: Transport for London will lease about 20 per cent of the total floor space, while a Shangri-La hotel will take up another 20 per cent. But the remaining 60 per cent is unlet.

Fears about the outlook for the office rental market meant that most new office projects were being called off, said Bill Page of Jones Lang Lasalle. That gave some hope of a supply-led recovery, although rents fell at double-digit rates last year and, he added, would continue to do so this year and next, before levelling off in 2011 and only starting to rise again in 2012.

"Most people just don't want to develop into this market," he said.
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Old March 16th, 2009, 04:17 PM   #1260
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This is going to revolutionize the London skyline!
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