The Shard at sunset: Stunning drone footage captures iconic London landmark



Watch amazing drone footage of the Shard as the setting sun captures just the tip of the 1,015 ft structure.

Filmed using a small drone with a camera attached, the short film by Nathaniel Durman shows the amazing height and beauty of the latest addition to the London skyline, topped on 30 March 2012.

Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the building has 72 habitable floors with a viewing gallery and open-air observation deck on the 72nd floor, at a height of 244.3 metres or 802 feet. It is currently the tallest building in the European Union.

The iconic London building, which has 11,000 high-quality pale blue glass panels, was opened to the public in February 2013.

There are 44 lifts in the 1,367,784 square foot building, which houses three restaurants and a hotel, a legal practise, accountancy firm and Al Jazeera’s UK offices among other businesses. Despite all this, it is only the 59 tallest building in the world.

Roughly 80 per cent of the building is owned by a Qatari consortium, who rescued the project in 2007 when it ran into funding problems on the heels of the economic downturn. Their investment of £150 secured the site and construction began shortly afterwards.