OMG It’s a Shard Show: Renzo Piano’s Newest Skyscraper Opens in London With a LASER LIGHT SHOW!

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You’ve just got to see this. One cannot help but think that perhaps, given the real estate reflection battle here in Dallas between the Renzo Piano-designed Nasher and Museum Tower and all the media banter about Museum Tower being a giant laser to the Nasher, that it  inspired the idea for this laser light show that took place at the Shard. Yes, that’s really the name of the building, a shard is a piece of glass: each facet forms a shard, a plane of glass gently inclined inwards, rising towards the top. That’s also the name of a brand new high rise tower in London. It’s Europe’s tallest building, and it sits on London’s south bank, which I understand is not too savory a ‘hood, and it is bloody tall: 1016 feet above the city. Or 72 stories! That’s still shorter than the Empire State Building, but I’m a girl, you don’t have to have the tallest building of them all to impress me. It has 11,000 glass panels… all shards… a real pane to clean ha ha… but 95% of the building’s construction materials are recycled! There are 44 lifts (elevators) and it’s a retail/commercial/residential masterpiece with 10 exclusive residences at the top. Oh boy, will those be pricey, God London real estate?  30 million pounds a flat!  Oh yes, Hotel Shangri-La soaks up the 34th to 52nd floors. Shangri-La at the Shard!

I just got a kick out of the laser-light show they put on to celebrate the opening, which is like today. They are also polishing every inch of the 11,000 window panels to get them squeaky-clean to reflect the sun. That’s right, they WANT the sun’s reflection off a Renzo Piano-designed building. I also like the photos juxtaposing the gleaming new tower with the  historic cathedrals nearby.

Now the Brits are complaining about the cost of a ticket to ride the lift up to the top of the Shard: $87 pounds, or about $134 dollars… wait did I do that right? One pound equals $1.55 U.S. dollars so $87 times $1.55 is $134.85…for an elevator ride in London. Wow. No wonder folks from the U.S. are scooping up U.S. real estate.We’re like Wal Mart!

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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  1. Meagan says

    It was £87 for a family of 4, so each ticket would only be $33.71, still steep, but not totally unreasonable.

  2. Meagan says

    It was £87 for a family of 4, so each ticket would only be $33.71, still steep, but not totally unreasonable.

  3. Andrew Chalk says

    " London’s south bank, which I understand is not too savory a ‘hood, "

    True years ago. Now one of the coolest areas in London.

  4. Andrew Chalk says

    " London’s south bank, which I understand is not too savory a ‘hood, "

    True years ago. Now one of the coolest areas in London.

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