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The Shard Tower : London Skyscraper

VR Experiences at Tallest building in the UK design by Renzo Piano Building Workshop Architects (RPBW)

post updated 12 June 2021
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The Shard London skyscraper building

The Shard London skyscraper building

The Shard London skyscraper building

30 Jul 2017

The Shard VR Experiences

The Shard in London Brings VR Slide to Viewing Deck

Visitors to London’s “The View from The Shard” experience (1020 feet up) are getting an added bonus on their visit this month, with The Shard opening up two VR experiences on the viewing deck.

The Shard VR Slide Experience in London
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You can strap on an Oculus Rift VR headsets and slide at 100mph for two minutes down imaginary open-air tubes corkscrewing around the skyscraper.

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image courtesy of The Shard

Or you can take a nerve wrecking step across a girder on top of London’s sky line using body motion tracking technology paired to a HTC Vive.

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photos © Nick Weall

Both experiences were built in Unity and contain a mix of high-resolution 360° HDRI images and a full-scale CGI model of the shard.

The ride called Vertigo, allows tourists to tip-toe along scaffolding beams overlooking London Bridge 800ft up from the ground.

This ride sees the entire building fall away, leaving the headset-wearer suspended in the air.

The Shard London tower
photos © Nick Weall

source: The Shard Tower Viewing Deck VR Slide

The Shard skyscraper building London
photograph © Sellar Property Group

7 Feb 2012

The Shard Tower London

Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop with Ove Arup & Partners

The Shard photos – exclusive to e-architect – from 7 Feb 2012

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The Shard photos – exclusive to e-architect – from 31 Jul 2011

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The Shard photos – exclusive to e-architect – from 12 Apr 2011

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photos © Andy Spain

The Shard photos © Nick Weall – from 27 Feb 2011

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11 Jan 2011

The Shard Skyscraper

Latest photos from the weekend of the tallest building in the UK. As the form starts to emerge there is growing consternation among many Londoners about its appearance. The latest nickname we’ve received is ‘Dalek’.

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tower photographs © Nick Weall

The siting of tall buildings at major transport nodes (here London Bridge, a major station feeding the city from the southeast) is a sound policy. But why super tall? What end is served by this macho rush for height?

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Other than the sheer bulk, the actual design appears to lack elegance – a wide base and angles well off the vertical. In some ways it is too early to judge properly – the render towards the base of this page shows a slender tip that helps carry the rest of the building below. However in eschewing a slender form the architects have taken a path less travelled, but it is less travelled for good reasons.
Adrian Welch, editor

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View from Tower Bridge looking west towards GLA building and the emerging Shard on left:
Tower Bridge view
photograph © Nick Weall

News Update, 25 Nov 2010

The Shard London – Tallest Tower in UK

Renzo Piano’s british skyscraper is now the tallest building in the UK – at 230 metres high. Eventually The Shard will be the tallest tower in Europe, at 306 metres high. Once the light gets better in Spring we will show new photos.

Tower Photos, 12 Sep 2010:

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23 May 2010

The Shard – Construction Progress Update

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tower photos The Shard © Nick Weall from May 2010

Proposed London Skyscraper

London Bridge Tower – The Shard

Renzo Piano, architect with Ove Arup & Partners


The Shard

Increasing density in central London, particularly near major public transport nodes, is key to London’s future development. Improving the efficiency of the public transport system and maximising the use of space around transport hub is essential. Given the location of The Shard above one of London’s key commuter stations, bus interchange and two main underground lines, a high density development was deemed not only possible but very desirable.

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images of The Shard from Dec 2009

Inspired by the spires of London’s churches and the top sails of the ships that used to moor on the Thames, the Shard will be a light and elegant presence in London’s skyline. The plan of The Shard is generated by the irregular nature of the site. Each facet forms a shard, a plane of glass gently inclined inwards, rising towards the top. The corners of The Shard are open and the shards do not touch, allowing the building to breathe. In turn the glass surface fragments as it rises and the tower dissolves into the sky.

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photos The Shard © Nick Weall from May 2010

Office Space at The Shard
The Shard offers 54, 488 sq m (586,509 sq ft) of flexible prime office space and is set to become the premier commercial address in London. Over 45% of the Shard has already been pre-let to Shangri La (floors 34-52) and to Transport for London (floors 4-10). The remaining available office space offers all the amenities one would expect from a desirable central London address. The highly flexible floor plates at The Shard are efficient and effective with space net internal floor area ranging from 2,790 sq m (30,032 sq ft) to 1,349 sq m (14,521 sq ft).

A key feature of The Shard office floors is the naturally ventilated winter gardens. These spaces were first devised by Renzo Piano for his acclaimed Aurora Place skyscraper in Sydney, Australia. These multifunctional areas make the most of the stunning views across the Thames and from Hyde Park in the West to Canary Wharf in the East from the Shard. The winter gardens can be used for a variety of purposes and allow occupants to enjoy natural light and air within the office.

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photos The Shard © Nick Weall from May 2010

The offices within the Shard are accessed via a dedicated entrance on the concourse level of London Bridge Quarter. The office entrance also benefits from direct access to London Bridge mainline station, the bus station and the Jubilee and Northern lines on the Underground.

The Hotel at The Shard
The first Shangri-La Hotel in the UK will occupy floors 34-52 of the Shard and will contain 195 rooms and suites. The hotel will operate on the simple yet powerful philosophy of a warm, efficient and seamless service that has made the Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Group famous. The Hotel will also feature a signature Shangri-La Spa on floor 52, which is available to guests as well as the residents and workers in the Shard and London Bridge Place. The Hotel also has its own entrance on St Thomas Street with valet parking and taxi drop off point directly outside.

The Apartments at The Shard
An exclusive collection of apartments at the Shard are arranged on floors 53-65 and are the highest elevation residences in the UK. With their amazing vistas across the London skyline they will be one of the most coveted addresses in the world. The Shard apartments will be the ultimate in sophisticated and contemporary living, with each being custom designed to the resident’s exact specifications. The apartments will also benefit from all the services and facilities of the Shangri-La Hotel. To ensure the maximum levels of privacy synonymous with an exclusive address, residents at the Shard will have their own private entrance on St Thomas Street.

The Public Viewing Galleries at The Shard
Uniquely, the Shard will be open to the general public who can visit the viewing platforms on floors 68-72. The Shard viewing galleries offer breathtaking 360° views across London. The viewing galleries are accessed directly from an entrance on the mezzanine level at below ground level so that visitors do not cross over with any of the other users of the building.

The galleries are expected to attract over half a million visitors a year to The Shard and with visibility at 800 ft (almost double the height of the pinnacle of The London Eye) are certain to become a major tourist attraction. The Shard will be a striking new addition to the London skyline, commanding panoramic views across the capital doubling the height offered from the London Eye. The Shard will become the tallest building in London as it reaches the maximum height allowed by the Civil Aviation Authority with unobstructed views thanks to its proximity to the river.

Restaurants at The Shard
The Shard will contain an exciting mix of world class restaurants and cafes for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike. With its prime location on top of a major transport interchange, the Shard is expected to become a destination in its own right with people travelling from across London and the rest of the UK to dine in one of its restaurants (located on floors 31-33) and experience the highest view in the United Kingdom.

Public Space at The Shard
The development of the Shard and the creation of London Bridge Quarter has provided the opportunity to transform the transport facilities at this major London transport interchange. London Bridge Station is one of London’s busiest railway stations, with an average of over 350, 000 journeys through the station each day. In addition to a new concourse for London Bridge Station, a bigger bus station will be constructed to the north of London Bridge Place with 15 bus routes, as well as riverboat and taxi stands. The train and tube stations will be extended covering an impressive 61 underground and 247 rail destinations.

London Bridge Quarter will also include a significant new public square with ever changing art installations, cafes and places for visitors to the area to relax. By bringing the soul back into the heart of the city, London Bridge Quarter will benefit not only tenants and residents of the Shard but also the local community by becoming a vibrant public space for everyone to enjoy.

When completed in Summer 2012, the Shard London Bridge Quarter will be an awe inspiring part of the London skyline. With its hotel, restaurants, luxury residences, flexible premium office space and public viewing galleries the Shard is a welcome addition to this long overlooked area of Central London.

The Shard will form the nucleus of London Bridge Quarter, a large scale regeneration program for the area by Sellar on behalf of LBQ Ltd. This far-reaching program will improve the local district and reinforce the importance of this gateway destination for the benefit of all of London.

Sellar and LBQ Ltd are committed to a progressive improvement programme that will see a vibrant London Bridge Quarter emerge offering improved transport links and significant public space. In short the whole area around at The Shard is set to become a new destination for Londoners to work, eat, drink and relax.

The Shard London – Developers

Sellar Developments
A privately-owned UK property investment, development and management company, Sellar Developments collaborates with eminent architects and property professionals to create environments of exceptional quality and regenerate urban districts. Through an integrated investment, development and management approach, Sellar has built an Investment Portfolio of £500m and a Development Portfolio in excess of £3bn.
Current projects include The Shard and London Bridge Place designed by Renzo Piano; Portsmouth Football Stadium, Horsea Island by Herzog & de Meuron; Seal House by David Chipperfield.

LBQ Limited
LBQ ltd is an international joint venture equally owned by Qatar National Bank, QInvest, Barwa International and Sellar Property Group. LBQ Ltd brings an impressive track record of world class developments and a range of skills that ensure that the quality of the London Bridge Quarter development is of the highest quality.

The Shard Building


The Shard London Skyscraper

The Shard London
early image of The Shard : Hays Davidson and John Mclean

The Shard – further information on the tower

London Shard architects : Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Tower Construction Progress Update, 7 Mar 2010:

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The Shard photo © Nick Weall

The Shard photos – external link to Andy Spain, photographer of The Shard photos at the top of this page

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