London, July 5 (ANI): The tallest skyscraper in the EU has been officially unveiled in central London.
According to Sky News, the Shard, which stands at 309.6 meters, has 95 stories and dominates the city's existing landmarks, such as 30 St Mary Axe, the Gherkin, and One Canada Square.he Qatari-funded 1.5 billion pound creation resembles a giant glass splinter, and now dominates the London skyline. It took about 12 years to complete.
Sheikh Abdullah Bin Saoud al Thani, the governor of Qatar Central Bank and chairman of the board of directors of Shard Funding Ltd, said: The Shard is the newest London landmark and a beacon of the city of London's resilience and expansion, even during tough economic times.
It is a symbol of Qatar's belief and commitment to London both today and in the future, he added.
The name 'The Shard' is derived from the architect, Renzo Piano's description of the development as a 'shard of glass' during planning stages.
Inspired by Canaletto's paintings of the Thames and the masts of the tall ships once anchored here, the idea was to create a kaleidoscope of a building - to reflect the city back at itself. (ANI)