Beautiful Glass Shard Spire Set to Dominate London Skyline

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Feast your eyes on these latest visualizations of The Shard (aka London Bridge Tower), a 1017ft skyscraper actually under construction. When finished in 2012, it will be the tallest building in the U.K, and one of the tallest in Europe.

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Designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the 72-story tower has several twisting glass facets on its exterior, and inside, will have offices, apartments, restaurants and a 15-story observation gallery.

It looks amazingly sci-fi, but every time I hear the word "shard", I can't help but think of Dark Crystal. [Shard London Bridge via Core 77]

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Its beautiful, but imagine how dirty it will get in the London air, and what a bitch it must be to clean all that glass.