June 10, 2013

The epicenter of technology and design?

The Shard is Air’s new neighbour towering over Southbank at 310m (1,016ft) tall and poses as the latest landmark and tourist attraction in London. This impressive structure, which opened to the public earlier this year, has been host to much excitement and criticism during its development. It dominates the capital’s skyline and now plays host to hundreds of tourists at its 72nd floor viewing terrace – in addition to the workforce resident in the offices below.

Although not yet fully completed, upon opening the Shard was regarded as the most influential and successful building with regards to its use of modern technology and design. Despite its occupancy still being lower than estimated, the Shard is an epicenter of technology with mechanical car parking, a mini power plant to supply heating and real-time displays of particular areas of interest from the viewing platform.

Opinion is always polarized on radical design and not everyone loves it. Us humans are generally wary of change. But admirers of the Shard also note that a similar dislike was displayed during the build of St Paul’s Cathedral. So, a stunning addition to the skyline or barnacle? We suggest going to have a visit and deciding for yourself…