London’s newest landmark, the phenomenal pyramidical shaped Shard Building is clad entirely in glass. Standing at 309.6 metres tall, it’s officially the tallest building in Europe with 72 floors comprising an exclusive hotel, restaurants and luxury apartments. The viewing gallery and open air observation desk offer wonderful panoramic views across the capital.
The building was officially unveiled on 5th July 2012 with a spectacular inauguration ceremony comprising a laser light show firing beams from the summit to some of London’s most famous landmarks.
Renzo Piano, the architect behind this project has also created some of Europe’s most iconic buildings such as Paris’s Pompidou Centre, one of his most well known works. Piano, who completed the design for the Shard back in 2000, likened the building to a ‘shard of glass’ and considered the slender spire-like tower a real positive addition to London’s skyline, reflecting the city’s church steeples through ‘a sparkling, quiet, gentle spire’.
What does Europe’s tallest building have in common with Smeg you may ask?
Smeg have a premium range of domestic appliances designed by The Piano Design Studio. The Piano range, which comprises a selection of hobs and built-in ovens inspired by long lasting tradition, are solid, practical products which make the kitchen a warm and welcoming place to be. Traditional concepts blended with contemporary style. The role of steel and glass is crucial to the overall coherence and brightness of the appliances’ design and the way they reflect light further enhances the high quality polished stainless steel finish, very much in keeping with Piano’s approach to the design of the Shard Building’s sparkling glass structure.
The iconic Piano range is often featured on the sets of television programmes such as ITV’s Daybreak, and regularly appears in top magazines such as Conde Nast’s House and Garden Magazine Kitchen & Bathroom Living 2012 edition, which recognised the Piano hob for its ‘elegant’ and 'refined’ style.