ARCHITECTURE: Shard of Glass

London’s most famous skyscraper designed by Renzo Piano is finally open to visitors and offers the best vantage point in the city. As if there weren’t enough reasons to visit London…

 Text: Mary Giatra


February 1st was the day that the tallest building in western Europe opened its doors to the public. The 309.6 m tall skyscraper, designed by the Italian architect, stands proud and ready to redefine London’s skyline.

The Shard has received many controversial reviews and the truth is that it has changed the image of the british capital forever. Many suggest though that this will be one of the architects major works and one of his major successes. Renzo Piano, has described the building as a “vertical city that will be accessible, understandable and not mysterious”. Now that the public is able to meet with the transparent “giant”, will form an opinion of its own.


Visitors are now able to ascend all the way to the uppermost floor where they are faced with panoramic views of the whole city. Restaurants, cafes and galleries are also there to offer more options to the visitor. Photographer Nick Guttridge shot the skyscraper from several points around London and the results are very impressive.

Have a look!