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.
This was another of the pics I took dunring the snow days before Christmas time in London. It was so cold outside that the city looked like a ghost town, even around usually crowded areas. The canals in the Docklands, by the Canary Wharf, were almost forzen and the snowed boats made a really nice visual impression.
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Docklands near the Canary Wharf in London, during a snowy winter day.
One of my favorite locations in London is the abandoned Battersea power station, located by the riverside in West London, in the Southern shore. The building is really an iconic landmark that has been featured countless times in different contexts, from the album cover of Pink Floyd’s Animals to the more recent filming of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Night. After many years of operation, Battersea power station (that used to be a coal-fired power plant) hasn’t been used for its initial purpose since 1983, and ever since a number of ideas on what to do with the building popped up.
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