The Shard taking shape

I don’t really know what to make of the Shard. London Bridge deserves to be revitalised but I’m not sure a humungous corporate sliver will make the right sort of impact. I’m more interested in the station redevelopment frankly, as it’s been a chaotic, cobbled-together mess for years. There’s no doubt, though, that the latest addition to the London skyline has already made a huge impression on the area, and will continue to do so as it grows and nears completion.

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Published in: on June 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Great pics. As for what to make of it, I wish they’d spent a little more time thinking about the architectural aesthetics of the thing!

    • Yes, it’s somewhat reminiscent of the Dubai folly. And, if I remember rightly, the Freedom Tower at the WTC site in Manhattan. Because it’s not clumped with the other tall buildings in either the City or Canary Wharf it has this slightly imperialist feel, stamping its foot down on a new area on behalf of the elite across the river. I suspect its reception will depend a lot on whether the wider area does derive any benefit from it or (like Canary Wharf) simply becomes sharply divided between locals and suits.


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