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Piano's Shard becomes UK's tallest building

One Canada Square has lost its record as the tallest building in Britain to Renzo Piano’s ‘Shard’ skyscraper, which is currently under construction near London Bridge in Southwark, south London

Renzo Piano Building Workshop designed the 310m-tall, 72-storey mixed-use tower, which will become the tallest building in the EU when completed in 2012.

Planned as a small ‘vertical city’ in the sky, the design features eight glass shards which will form the building’s shape making it look like ‘one flake of glass.’

The Shard will contain 54,500m² of office space, Europe’s first five-star rated Shangri-La Hotel, residential apartments, retail space, and restaurants. The top of the building will include a multi-storey public viewing gallery.

Its height currently exceeds 235 metres, taking the title of Britain’s tallest building from the César Pelli & Associates-designed One Canada Square, commonly known as Canary Wharf Tower, which held it for 18 years.

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