Work has begun on London’s new commercial property giant, the Shard of Glass.
Despite a construction downturn, the site for what will eventually be Europe’s tallest skyscraper (310 metres) is now cleared.
Architect Renzo Piano has described the design as “very sharp, very clean and playing with the light”.
He told the Guardian: “Because of the complicated shape of the site, the sides of glass are angled to catch the light, reflect the sky.”
Once constructed, the tower will be home to Transport for London, the Shangri-La Hotel and residential apartments.
Renzo acknowledged skyscrapers are not to everyone’s taste and insisted they should be carefully placed.
“I don’t think London is a city where you should make towers everywhere,” he told the paper
“I am not an apologist for all skyscrapers. Just place them where they make sense,” he continued.
According to Contract Journal, data firm Emporis said work has now stopped on 124 skyscrapers worldwide.