'We were told we would never get planning consent and we did. We were told we would never be able to fund it and we did. Then we were told we would never be able to build it and we did.' Irvine Sellar
In 2000, Irvine Sellar, a former market trader famous for helping to create the look of the Swinging Sixties on Carnaby Street, stood on a rooftop in Southwark, London, and decided to build the tallest building in western Europe. He had virtually no experience, and he wanted to build at the wrong height, in the wrong place, on the wrong side of the river and at the wrong time.
Twelve years later, the Shard, a 'vertical city' designed by one of the world's leading architects, Renzo Piano, changed the skyline of London. It immediately became one of the most instantly recognizable and admired contemporary buildings in the world.
This is the story of one man's vision for London and his determination to redefine an ancient but maligned part of the city despite seemingly insurmountable challenges including mass opposition, a huge planning inquiry, the financial crash, and major construction issues that required radical improvisation at every turn. At every twist in the tale, Sellar refused to give up.
The Shard is a tale of extreme ambition, innovation and a relentless desire to recast the skyscraper as a force for good.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.25(d)|
About the Author
Howard Watson is a writer and editor. He has a long association with Architectural Design and has written on design for the Independent and many other publications. He has worked with the architect Sir Terry Farrell and other designers, and authored Hotel Revolution, Fashion Retail (with Elaine Curtis), Bar Style and The Design Mix.
Table of Contents
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Chapter 1 Changing the Landscape 15
Chapter 2 Tall Stories 39
Chapter 3 A Lunch in Berlin 63
Chapter 4 Big Thinking in a Little Space 91
Chapter 5 The Fear of Neighbours 111
Chapter 6 The Inquiry 131
Chapter 7 A Frantic Lull 163
Chapter 8 The Crash 185
Chapter 9 Breaking Ground 209
Chapter 10 The Impossible Made Possible 233
Chapter 11 The Piano Trilogy 259
Chapter 12 Vision into View 281
Afterword: A Sense of Place 305