I can’t quite make my mind up about the Shard. It is aptly named – a glass splinter soaring above the London skyline. It will be the tallest building in Europe upon completion, although that record will be taken a few months later by a new tower going up in Moscow. It’ll remain the tallest building in the EU though. It’ll be the tenth building to hold the title of tallest building in London, with the White Tower being the starting point.
It’s well short of being the tallest building in the world though. We haven’t had a building to hold that honour since Lincoln Cathedral surpassed the Great Pyramid on Giza in Egypt. Although that cathedral did hold on to the record for longer than any other building has since.
The cost? A whopping half a billion British pounds. That’s some investment. The name? Apparently the name ‘Shard of Glass’ was originally thought up by a heritage organisation and used in a derogatory manner when objecting to it’s construction. But the name stuck, in a positive way, and so the insult rather backfired.
But yes. Anyway. I can’t quite make up my mind. A marvel or a monstrosity? A bit of both, perhaps. I guess we’ll have to wait till it’s finished. I suspect it’ll look stunning at night. Less so in daylight. But it will have an observation deck. An open air deck at that. Climbing up to which is one of the top things on my list of things to do before going back to Mexico.