March 26, 2010

Shard shots

The Shard of Glass, tallest building in the UK or Europe is being built at London Bridge Station near my apartment. The borough is Borough (whence Chaucer's Pilgrims set off to Canterbury) and the area is Southwark where Shakespeare lived, worked and made pots of money at the Globe Theatre. Here are some shots of the work in progress taken in late afternoon gloom. The core is now the same height as the vile piece of concrete brutalism across the road known as Guy's Hospital, a filing cabinet to die in. So vile and so brutal is Guy's that I want it preserved as counterpoint to The Shard. Anyway for lovers of big cranes: