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Perth ex-pat Emma Phillips has worked in the creative industries for more
than 16 years and is now based in London with an eye on design.
It’s been an action-packed summer with the Jubilee celebrations and Olympic
fever. Tourists came in droves (approximately 500,000 of them) and spent an
estimated £750m (AU$1.14b) giving the economy a well-needed boost. Despite
the never-ending Eurozone and austerity woes, it’s a great time to build and buy
property in London, says architect Magnus Ström. Here’s hoping the autumn
brings with it some bright, sunny days, but failing that, there’s a great season of
cultural events including the recent London Design Festival and Frieze London
art fair, both celebrating ten years of creativity in 2012.
The Sha rd, Eu rope’s tallest building, was u nveiled offi cially in July to high excitement an d mixed reviews.
But it is un deniable that the 310m to wer, designed by Ren zo Pian o, has beco me the capital ’s most no ticeable
lan dmark. It was first con ceived in 2000 by the Italian architect to resemble a pieces of broken , jagged glass
– this con cept of a shard of glass pro mpted the building’s n ame. The glass-panelled (there are 11,000 pa nels
altogether) tripod-like skyscraper, located near the River Thames, tapers spire-like high into the sky an d has
been described as a city within a city, with 72 floo rs of offices, apartments, a lux ur y hotel, resta urants an d a
viewing galler y which will offer spectacula r views across the capital an d beyon d. It is the centrepiece of a huge
regen eration project of the su rro un ding n eighbourhood, L on do n B ridge, breathing new life into o ne of Lon don’s
busiest a nd most histo ric areas. the-shard.com/
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