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Piano’s training built on sand foundations

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The architect of London’s Shard, Renzo Piano recently put his architectural career down to an early training building sandcastles near his childhood home of Genoa. In an article in The Guardian, he said ‘making sandcastles was my training in fantasy’.

Piano continued: ‘Now, as an architect constructing buildings like the Shard, I have to think about the final result, but as a child making castles of sand I didn’t, they were ephemeral.’

He went on to give his top tips for making the best beach sand structure. According to Piano, for the perfect sandcastle, the mass should be formed by a 60cm-tall mountain of sand with an ideal incline of 45 degrees.

Better get the protractor and tape measure out next time you head to the beach.

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