Renzo Piano – The Shard

image © Ben Fitzpatrick / Newscast

image © Ben Fitzpatrick / Newscast

It has to be said that there is a lot to admire about the Shard: as a design it has been resolved with consummate skill and panache. Renzo Piano, the architect’s architect, has approached the challenge of accommodating such a mammoth lump of programme with a remarkably subtle touch: from the teasing way that the very point at the top of the building has been left unresolved, to the delicately detached depth of the curtain walling or the slight milky haze of the glass, which causes the building to take on the shifting tones of the sky, one can’t really imagine a more accomplished approach to such a massive building.

full article (with Joe Kerr, Simon Allford, Giles Reid) at Architecture Today