The Shard was officially completed last Thursday and was celebrated by a spectacular laser show! The Shard is now the largest building in Europe standing at a staggering 1,016 foot tall. It is now the 59th largest building in the world and prides its self in being made from 95% recycled construction materials.
Designer of The Shard Italian architect Renzo Piano claims The Shard was named after being described as a shard of glass in the early planning meetings.
The Shard will be host to 24 floors of offices space and two floors of restaurants. Between the 34th and 52nd floor will be host to the internationally known 5 star Shangri – La hotel and spa with 200 luxurious rooms.
Above The Shangri – La Hotel on the 53rd – 65th floors there will be 10 exclusive residences with spectacular 360’c views of London. Lastly between the 68th-72nd floors will be public observation galleries. Where members of the public can take in the remarkable views of London like never seen before!
The Shard is a very unique building for the many reason mentioned above it also couldn’t have been launched in a more ideal year, with the London Olympics hoping to reach record breaking visitor numbers, not only for the capital but the country as a hole. Therefore making it the ideal year for The Shard to be launched into business sitting in the heart of London.
Follow the link below to give you a teaser of what you will be able to experience in real life very soon:
The Shard is currently planning to open for business February 2013, which is one venue we will be sure to keep our eyes on that’s for sure.