ARCHITECTURAL RESEARCH - THE SHARD

As we were looking for architectural inspiration within the country, the first architectural building that came in thought was the Shard. The Shard is a 65 story skyscraper in Southwark, London that stands at 309.7m in height and is known to be the tallest building in the UK. 

Renzo Piano, the architect of the Shard, designed the Shard as a spire-like sculpture that emerges from the River Thames. He has stated that he had gained inspiration by the railway lines next to the site. The design claims the building as "a shard of glass through the heart of historic London" giving the name, the Shard. The spire-like form of the building was to be a positive touch to the London skyline, remembering the church steeples that was featured in the historical engravings of the city. Piano also presented sophisticated use of glaze which expresses the facades of angled glass panes which intends to reflect the sunlight and the sky above so that the outlook of the architectural structure will alter according to the weather and seasons. The building consists of 11,000 panes of glass, totalling a surface area of 600,000 square feet.

I felt that this research also relates to my artist research of Issey Miyake as Miyake's paper collection also revolves around geometrics and architectural shapes and structure. Both the Shard's design as well as Miyake collection delves deep and explores the idea of repetition and patterns that create a functional aesthetic and function to the final product. 

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