Shard London Bridge, view from London Bridge. August 2011

Shard London Bridge, view from London Bridge. August 2011

Undoubtedly the Shard, once it opens next year, will have an impact on the street life, transport and urban fabric of the London Bridge area – for the rest of London is has become a growing part of the skyline. Views of the Shard can be seen in other London boroughs outside Southwark. With today’s post are a few photographs taken from the top of natural and man-made vantage points, in Brixton (Lambeth) to the south and in Bow (Tower Hamlets) to the east respectively. The impact of this new landmark on views of other landmarks is well reported and debated, and as the photos show, the Shard can appear very differently depending on where it is viewed: either as just another (taller) part of the skyline, or appear in isolation from the cluster of skyscrapers in The City.

Shard London Bridge, view from Brockwell Park, Brixton.

Shard London Bridge, view from Brockwell Park, Brixton.

Shard London Bridge and The City, view from Bow. August 2011

Shard London Bridge and The City, view from Bow. August 2011

At the NLA there is a scale model of London highlighting new and proposed buildings. One of those proposals is the Shard. The model is on permanent display and admission is free.

Model of London, NLA: Shard London Bridge (centre), facing north-west.

Model of London, NLA: Shard London Bridge (centre), facing north-west.

Model of London, NLA: Shard London Bridge (top), facing south.

Model of London, NLA: Shard London Bridge (top), facing south.

(Photographs by Wilson Yau)

About Wilson Yau
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4 Comments
  1. London Marc

    September 14, 2011

    Progress seems to be painfully slow, why ?

    • wilson.yau

      September 15, 2011

      The construction of the Shard will be complete soon, in 2012. A lot of work is happening out of public view on the interiors of the lower levels while the final upper floors and façade are being completed. It will be open in 2013.

  2. Sean Beaumont

    September 16, 2011

    Lloyds of London have added an audio tour to their website for Open House weekend. Sounds great!

    http://www.lloyds.com/Lloyds/About-us/Visiting-Lloyds/Open-House-2011/Audio-Guide

  3. Goandude45

    October 11, 2011

    This is a wicked video of the Shard

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