This Month, Blueprint focuses on the Shard. Architect Renzo Piano has transformed the London skyline with 306m, 87-storey tower that sets a precedent for high-rise in the capital. Herbert Wright talks to the architect and tells the story of this towering achievement that has already divided opinion across the city.
To accompany the issue, architectural photographer Paul Raftery – who shot our cover and the feature images – and Dan Lowe, director, have collaborated to create a timelapse film showing the final weeks of construction of The Shard tower in London Bridge, the tallest skyscraper in the United Kingdom. It was shot over many long days during the early months of 2012, from locations spanning from Greenwich Park to Hampstead Heath.
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