The Shard (also referred to as the Shard of Glass is a skyscraper in London, England. Standing 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) high, it was topped out on 30 March 2012 and opened on 5 July 2012. The Shard is the tallest completed building in Europe, and is also the second-tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, after the 330-metre (1,083 ft) concrete tower at the Emley Moor transmitting station.
The Shard replaced Southwark Towers, a 24-storey office block built on the site in Southwark in 1975. Renzo Piano, the Shard's architect, worked with the architectural firm Broadway Malyan during the planning stage. The tower has 72 habitable floors, with a viewing gallery and open-air observation deck – the UK's highest – on the 72nd floor, at a height of 245 metres (804 ft). The Shard was designed with an irregular pyramidal shape from the base to the top, and is clad entirely in glass. Its structure was completed in April 2012.
Lo Shard London Bridge (chiamato anche Shard of Glass, La Scheggia in italiano, è un grattacielo a Southwark, Londra. Inaugurato il 5 luglio 2012, con i suoi 310 metri d'altezza (costituiti da 87 piani di cui 72 abitabili), è il grattacielo più alto d'Europa. La struttura, è stata progettata da Renzo Piano.
Lo Shard ha una forma piramidale irregolare ed è rivestito completamente in vetro.