In February 2013 opens a new attraction in London, the Shard

I had anticipated the new visions in London and now we’re almost there: from 1 February 2013 you can see the skyline of the English metropolis with the new skyscraper designed by Renzo Piano, who thought a sort of vertical city: The Shard. At a height of 310 meters (although access to the panoramic view is located at 244 meters) in essence it is the new symbol of londoneers with its facets of glass inspired by the swirls of traditional churches in Britain.

The Shard Straight to the Point

The Shard Straight to the Point

Lazer and Light show

Lazer and Light show

London from Above

London from Above

But here’s a little curiosity about this new attraction for which tickets are already on presale for months. In total the building has 95 floors of which pointed habitable are 78, contains 11,000 glass panels (the equivalent of eight football fields), has 44 elevators traveling at 6 meters per second and 306 flights of stairs (I wonder if we will organize competitions Skyscraper – Vertical Running!) and inside there is the highest in Europe residence complete with a swimming pool 52mo floor. With the View of The Shard once you climb from the ground up to 72nd floor, you are greeted by the latest generation of telescopes in 10 different languages to tell you why and where all of the monuments in the city are so you can see and know everything about Stadium Olympic Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, St Paul’s, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Battersea Power Station, the Oval, Wembley stadium and Alexandra Palace.

The Shard

Shed by night

The Shard Sunrise

The Shard Sunrise

London photos: Audrey Hayde, Romain Mattei Photography, Vulture Labs, Andreas Jones, Michael Murphy.

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