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Born on September 14, 1957, Renzo Piano was always critical of tall buildings, claiming that they were merely an investment in one’s ego. This, however, has changed with the architect’s redesign of Southwark Towers in London. The Shard, a 1,016 foot tall structure, now stands in its place and is being touted as the tallest building in Europe.
Dressed entirely in 11,000 panes of glass and built on an irregular pyramidal base that tapers through the height of the building’s spire, Piano conceived of The Shard as a building that would combine public and private spaces and form an energetic and thriving community. Continue reading