The construction of the Shard by the architect Renzo Piano followed a much tapered approach. The design geometry mimicked the railway lines that were running past the site location. Some of the elements are that London is famous for such as the church spires, sailing ships and their masts were depicted in the design. A glazing form was observed in the Shard which took its inspiration from some of the many buildings of the United Kingdom. The goal of the glazing was to ensure that the glass panes were able to reflect the sunlight. Therefore the tall structure would aesthetically appear to blend in with the sky. In terms of construction, there are many pioneering steps considered.
For instance, the foundations were primarily excavated by means of a top down method and then the first 23 storeys were built at a time. The pioneering step to build the 23 storeys at a time was in order to face a challenge. The hub was situated in a high population area and hence it would not have been possible to complete the storeys in phases. This was also considered as one of the largest concrete pour in the UK construction industry. It made use of the jump lift form of construction and was the world’s first inclined hoist. Cranes on slip forms were used here which is one of its kinds again. The structures were built in a tapered way. The first forty floors were built with composite steel frame structure, then post-tension concrete frame was laid out for up to the sixtieth floor. Up to the seventy second floor, traditional reinforced concrete frame was then laid out and then there was spire until the 87th floor which was made out of pre-fabricated glass like structures. The prefabricated glass like structures was of 11,000 panes in number and covers a total surface area of around 56,000 sq.