Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Changing Face Of London

The Shard of Glass

The thing that has kept the City of London always attractive is its ever-changing skyline. After the great fire of London in the 17th century, when the present St. Paul's Cathedral was designed and built by Sir Wren. It retained the tallest peak in the City for a long time before challenges came from modern designs first being the Post Office (now BT) Tower followed by NatWest (now Tower 42), etc. So far, the rapid transformation will even surprise King George VI. And today, the London Eye, The Gherkin, Canary Wharf, etc stand among architectural designs that have dwarfed the churches which defined London of the early 19th century with Canary Wharf being the tallest presently. But in 4 years (2010), the Shard of Glass will once again re-define the skyline of this so much sought-after city.

When the Shard of Glass is finished in the third quarter of 2010, the above picture will be the new view of London - a most outstanding skyline I must say. With its complete glass exterior, the night view will be something totally galaxial. Is someone thinking of the ozone layer? It will surely be pierced this time.

I have sourced some info in this blog from wikipedia and shard website. Images were downloaded from

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