Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos

As published on December 17, 2014.

In cities all around the world we are seeing incredible examples of how a new building or development can transform and revitalize an entire neighbourhood – and even change the way we think about living in the city.

One remarkable example we’ve got our eyes on is London, England’s London Bridge Tower, more commonly known as The Shard. Located on the south bank of the River Thames in the Southwark neighbourhood, the Renzo Piano–designed building is an answer to the city’s vision and policy of urban intensification.

The Shard London - the Art Shoppe Condos + Lofts Toronto

At 95 storeys – with 72 inhabitable floors – the Shard is the tallest building in the European Union, and the UK’s second tallest freestanding structure. Conceived as a “vertical town”, the multi-use tower consists of restaurants, bars, offices and public spaces at the wider base of the building, a 5-star hotel in the middle section, and private residential apartments on top. This dynamic mix results in a building that’s in use 24 hours a day.

Though tall and dramatic in stature, the Shard actually sits on a relatively small parcel of land next to the London Bridge Station, which is a railway terminus and connection to the London Underground. The building project also encompassed the redevelopment of a section of London Bridge Station’s concourse and has served as the catalyst for much of the revitalization happening in the surrounding area.

The Shard London - the Art Shoppe Condos + Lofts Toronto

Hailed by the Royal Institute of Architects (RIBA) as a “model of city intensification”, and the first place winner of the 2014 Emporis Skyscraper Awards, the Shard is already considered an important beacon for the city, and is aiming to attract new economic, cultural and social vitality to the south side of the Thames.

The same form of sustainable city building and urban extension is being played out in growing cities all around the world – including right here in Toronto, where neighbourhoods like Yonge & Eglinton are undergoing a similarly inspiring transformation, driven by a commitment to intensification, public transit, mixed-use development and key anchor projects like the Art Shoppe Lofts and Condos.

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