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The Shard

It is no secret that I am a sucker for steel-and-glass modern architecture. The more shocking, the better. In the Southbank of London, the long awaited construction of the Shard is nearing completion, with most of the scaffolding already gone and just a few cranes getting in the way.

With its whopping 310 meters tall, the Shard will become once finished the tallest building in the European Union, and the 46th tallest in the world. Mind you, almost nothing compared to all those South-East Asian or Arab Emirates behemoths, but quite impressive given the surroundings.

Needless to say, the irreverent Brits could never let this pointy thing sticking out of the river side get off with a boring name like “32 London Bridge Tower”, so it got immediately re-christened as “the glass shard” or simply “the shard”. A more adequate name quite on par with the Gherkin (close shot here), and the Razor.

The Gherkin and old church

 

The Gherkin, designed by Norman Foster, is an iconic landmark of London skyline. Officially called "30 St Mary Axe", but nobody uses that name.Picture taking during the dPS London photowalk.The Gherkin, designed by Norman Foster, is an iconic landmark of London skyline. Officially it is called “30 St Mary Axe”, but nobody uses that name.

The Gherkin is located between Liverpool Street and Bank tube stations, hence right in the middle of “The City”, the old financial district of London. All around this part of town one can see how really modern glass and steel skyscrapers are mixed with old buildings and churches. In certain locations, such a mix can even be observed from the river shore, which is something that would be unthinkable in other cities such as Paris.

This picture was taken during the dPS London Photowalk last February. Hope you like it!