London: Renzo Piano's 'The View from the Shard' opens to the public

A multi-sensory journey to 'stand over' the past and future of the metropolis

by Malcolm Clark
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The View from the Shard, the 'viewing platform' of the skyscraper recently designed by Renzo Piano in London, will open to the public on Friday, February 1st, and is already sold out. This, in spite of the criticism voiced by many over the cost of the ticket (about £25), although only the first two days are actually completely sold out.

Shard / London Bridge, with its 306 meters of height (310 with the antenna), holds the record as the tallest tower in Western Europe. Designed by Renzo Piano as “a small vertical city”, it has a generously sized base which tapers “until it disappears into the air like a sixteenth century pinnacle or the mast of a great ship.”

 

The viewing platform is located at 244 meters of height and has been called a “multi-sensory journey over one of the largest cities in the world.” It can be reached by “kaleidoscopic” elevators that will reach the 68th floor at a very high speed. Once at the 'top' you can enjoy a breathtaking 360° view, over the whole city stretching out for 64 km, with the past and the future of the great metropolis under your feet.

Photo credits: © The View from The Shard

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    London / United Kingdom / 2012