Shard London Bridge, view from Borough High Street. August 2011

Shard London Bridge, view from Borough High Street. August 2011

Shard London Bridge, view from Southwark Bridge. August 2011

Shard London Bridge, view from Southwark Bridge. August 2011

Shard London Bridge, view from Southwark Bridge. August 2011

Shard London Bridge, view from Southwark Bridge. August 2011

With today’s post we have recent views of the Shard from Borough High Street and Southwark Bridge. The photographs show the difference in scale between the Shard and the buildings nearby, and the visual impact it is having at street level and on the skyline as this skyscraper nears completion.

The effect of such buildings can be a fascinating topic for investigation for young learners. The RIBA and the Victoria and Albert Museum worked together to create Exploring Skylines, a study room resource containing original prints and drawings from across both collections. More information about this resource, including downloadable images, teachers’ notes and a study guide, is available on the V&A’s website.

Exploring skylines event

Exploring skylines event

The RIBA offers free education programmes throughout the year, based on the architectural collections of the RIBA Library.

(Shard London Bridge: photographs by Wilson Yau)

About Wilson Yau
I work for the British Architectural Library at the RIBA as part of a team to share news, images and information online about the activities of the Library and the fascinating items we have in our architectural collections – it contains over four million items, so there's plenty to see! If you’re curious about what we do at the Library and with the collections, or want to discover the latest about our education programmes, public events and exhibitions at the RIBA, please visit www.architecture.com

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2 Comments
  1. Annette Taylor-Anderson

    August 10, 2011

    Wow – I’m into building design, this is just amazing. Really inspiring.
    Annette

  2. Mr J

    August 19, 2011

    There was an ultra-downer piece in today’s Guardian, which prompted this visit to see what it looks like at the moment.

    Scale aside (and there’s a lot I could say on that subject!) it doesn’t look too bad at all. At least it has a shape, and it’s not covered in concrete hideosity like the South Bank’s collection of monsters.

    With luck, the glass reflections will give it a lightness of being that will reduce the visual and emotional size of the thing.

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