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Shard becomes Britain's tallest building

One Canada Square has lost its record as the tallest building in Britain to the Shard, currently under construction near London Bridge in Southwark, south east London.

Renzo Piano Building Workshop designed the 310m-tall, 72-storey mixed-use tower, which will become the tallest building in the EU when completed in 2012.

Designed to be a small vertical city in the sky, eight glass shards will form the building’s shape to make it look like one flake of glass.

The base of the tower is very wide while the top will be very narrow, disappearing in the air like the mast top of a tall ship used in 16th century Britain.

The Shard will contain 54,500sq.m of office space, Europe’s first five-star rated Shangri-La Hotel, residential apartments, retail space, and restaurants. The top of the building will include a 15-storey public viewing gallery.

Its height currently exceeds 235m, taking the title of Britain’s tallest building from One Canada Square, commonly known as Canary Wharf Tower, which held it for 18 years.

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