The Shard, EU's tallest building, opens to the public (CNN)
Published on Feb 1, 2013
It's a first day sell out at London's 244-meter-high viewing platform
The Shard -- eyesore to some, marvel to others -- on Friday opened to the public, most of whom will head straight to the 72nd floor, 244 meters above ground level.
The 309-meter (1,013 foot) building, overlooking London Bridge in the city's South Bank area and designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, surpassed the Commerzbank Headquarters in Frankfurt by nine meters, to become the highest building in the European Union.
Its viewing floors, called The View from The Shard, offer views twice as high as any other viewing platform in London, looking down on the city's sprawling districts and iconic landmarks.
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