During the Summer the sun rises and shines directly into my bedroom window. I am forced to keep my curtains closed until it moves around. I think the sun should be demolished, or at least the council should look into ways of controlling it or fitting it with a dimmer switch.
I've avoided commenting on the shard on this forum for fear of incurring the wrath of the shard groupies who incessantly post pictures of it everytime a new rivet is put in. However, here's my two penn'orth:
Glass: Unfortunately, now that most architects and property developers worship at the feet of the messiah sir rogers, glass now appears to be the only way to clad a building. To me it just screams lazy thinking and a lack of originality.
Shape: I have heard people wax lyrical about the "unique shape" of the shard. Lets see, a wide base tapering at the top. Hardly original is it? Even the ancient Egyptians were doing it. It's called a pyramid. As for it being likened to a shard of glass, that may have been the original premise but given that it now has the dumpy extension attached, it now should be the shard of glass with a nobbly bit of glsss attached.
Height: Once again, people getting all excited by the height of the shard. I hate to break it to you guys, but at just over a 1000 feet, it is not very tall at all. there are plenty of supertalls way higher than this, particularly in the new powerhouse economies of Asia. This is my biggest bugbear with the shard. If it's meant to be making a statement, it's a fairly muted one. Let's face it, it's already completely out of proportion to the surrounding area, so why stop at 1000 feet? Why not make it 1500 or 2000 feet and make it truly impressive. At just 1000 feet, there is something quintessentialy British and half-arsed about the whole project.
Rant over, good night