This 72-storey, mixed-use development is envisioned as a vertical city with retail, entertainment, residential units, luxury hotel, offices and observation galleries. Floors 53 to 65 comprises 10 apartments (3 duplexes and 7 simplexes) and features some of the finest living spaces in London.
Through the extensive use of the latest energy saving techniques and materials, the Shard achieved a BREEAM rating ‘Excellent’ rating. A ventilated double-skin facade considerably reduces heat gain and increases comfort levels close to the façade, while permitting the maximum natural day light. Naturally ventilated winter gardens with operable windows are located on each of the office floors, allowing the occupants to connect with the outside environment. It is estimated that the new tower requires 30% less energy than typically required by conventional tall buildings.