SHARD: The Vision of Irvine Sellar


SHARD: The Vision of Irvine Sellar

HOWARD WATSON    Book Number: 83750    Product format: Hardback

Take a trip to the top if you have never done so and look up high to see pinnacles of glass piercing the sky. The Shard is an incredible structure, towering high over Tower Bridge in a once-rundown area. In 2000, Irvine Sellar, a former market trader famous for helping to create the look of the Swinging Sixites on Carnaby Street, stood on a roof top in Southwark, London, and decided to build the tallest building in Western Europe. He had no experience of building a skyscraper 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. 12 years later the Shard - a 'vertical city' designed by one of the world's leading architects, Renzo Piano, changed the skyline of London and immediately became one of the most recognisable and admired contemporary buildings in the world. This is the story of a maverick developer's vision and his determination to redefine an ancient but maligned part of the city, challenges including bitterly hostile opposition, a huge planning enquiry, the financial crash and major construction issues at every turn that required radical improvisation. But Sellar refused to give up. This investigation reveals a tale of extreme ambition, innovation and the resultant building, a 1016 foot faceted glass stalagmite on the Thames which has reinvented the city. With many photos, and 16 pages of colour plates, 344pp. Glamorous 2017 hardback.
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ISBN 9780349410012
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