The Shard was inaugurated this past Thursday. It’s currently the tallest building in Europe and will open to the public next February. The BBC has a clip showing off the view from the 69th floor. The Shard stands on the South bank of the Thames, opposite the City of London, towering over most of the structures around it.

The Shard

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I, for one, really like the architecture of it. Its got clean, classic lines and it carries in several stellar architectural traditions. Plus, I’m a huge sucker for glass, spires, and anything glass spire related. As the video linked above notes, the Shard is truly a globalized effort. Qatari financing brought together materials from Germany, architects from Italy, specialized fittings from Holland, and skilled labor from Britain to make one of the most intricate and striking fabrications mankind has ever produced.