See Why Londoners Hate This Enormous New Skyscraper

Shard London

Photo: Getty / Dan Kitwood

London’s enormous Shard newspaper finally opened today, and will be (if only for a short time) the tallest building in all of Europe.However, we’d like to put forward a new possible title — London’s most hated building.

Yes, while the title isn’t based on scientific data right now, the skyscraper seems to be getting a very negative reaction on Twitter and Facebook. The Guardian even wrote not one but two incredibly damning articles in the last fortnight, one evocatively titled “The Shard has slashed the face of London for ever” and another titled “The Shard is the perfect metaphor for modern London” (dek: Expensive, off-limits and owned by foreign investors”).

At 1,016 feet tall, it is the 59th tallest building in the world.

Source: The Guardian

And currently the tallest building in Europe, though Russia's planned Mercury City Tower will surpass it by the end of the year.

Source: AP

The building was designed by Renzo Piano, also famous for the New York Times building in Manhattan.

Source: The Guardian

Incredibly, some 95% of construction materials used to make it were recycled.

Source: The Guardian

However critics say the building doesn't fit with its neighbours — and notably, ruins a view of St Paul's Cathedral from Parliament Hill.

The building is 95% owned by the Qatari government.

Source: The Guardian

10 apartments in the building will be sold for as much as $77 million.

Source: The Guardian

And a view from the building, as shown here by London Mayor Boris Johnson, will cost around $40.

Source: The Guardian

Even a grand laser show, designed to show off the building, seemed to anger Londoners.

The building's supporters say that the critics are refusing to move with the times.

Even so, that $2.35 billion price tag is pretty steep.

Source: MSNBC

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