Official opening of the tallest skyscraper in Europe The Shard

On July 5th in London 310-meter skyscraper The Shard "Splinter" was officially opened. Housed the structure in the shape of a pyramid, on the south bank of the Thames near London Bridge. In the 95th storey of the building offices, hotel and residential areas will accommodate.

Skyscraper construction has caused a lot of public debate. The building designed by Italian architect knapsack Piano significantly changed the historic appearance of the city. At some point, UNESCO has considered the inclusion of the Tower of London to the list of World Heritage in Danger. However, the authorities of the city and the sponsors failed to convince the public that "Splinter" will bring the capital of more pluses than minuses.

Official opening of the tallest skyscraper in Europe The Shard

Twelve of lasers and thirty searchlights lit up the night sky in London during the official opening ceremony of the tallest building in Europe. (Picture: Bethany Clarke / Getty Images)

Official opening of the tallest skyscraper in Europe The Shard

"Splinter" on the background of Tower Bridge. (Picture: Matthew Lloyd / Getty Images)

Official opening of the tallest skyscraper in Europe The Shard

The building is owned by the Qatari company LBQ Limited (80%), a member of the State of Qatar and the British Sellar Property Group (20%). The cost of construction, which lasted more than three years, amounted to about 450 million pounds. (Picture: Jason Hawkes / Barcroft)

Official opening of the tallest skyscraper in Europe The Shard

The opening ceremony was attended by the Duke of York, Andrew and Prime Minister of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Jaber Al Thani. In addition to the laser show the musicians the London Philharmonic Orchestra performed the world classics. (Picture: Matthew Lloyd / Getty Images)

Official opening of the tallest skyscraper in Europe The Shard

In February 2013 at 69th floor, a tallest UK public observation deck will open.(Picture: REUTERS / Olivia Harris)

Official opening of the tallest skyscraper in Europe The Shard

The Shard "Splinter" has eight escalators and 44 elevators. (Picture: Bethany Clarke / Getty Images)

Official opening of the tallest skyscraper in Europe The Shard

The skyscraper consists of 11,000 glass panels. (Picture: Getty Images)

Official opening of the tallest skyscraper in Europe The Shard

The Shard silhouette can be seen from almost anywhere in the city (Picture: Jason Hawkes / Barcroft)

Official opening of the tallest skyscraper in Europe The Shard Official opening of the tallest skyscraper in Europe The Shard