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.
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.
(Photographs by Wilson Yau)