The 10 tallest buildings in Europe

Tallest buildingsUnlike what most people think skyscrapers aren’t exclusive architectural features for the North American continent. In fact some of the world’s tallest and most astonishing skyscrapers are situated in Europe.

The Shard is currently the tallest skyscraper in the European Union and the third tallest in Europe. The building is located in London, England and has a height of 306 meters. The Shard was completed in 2012 and is a combined residential and commercial building. The building houses the United Kingdom offices and studios of the famous Qatari Al Jazeera Media Network. The main feature of the building is an observation deck which is located on the 72nd floor. The Shard is located in Central London and is being maintained by numerous professional companies that provide a multitude of professional services including cleaning services. In fact all of the buildings that will be presented to you are maintain in top condition by professional companies such as cleaning companies.

The Commerzbank Tower is a 56 storey skyscraper in the city of Frankfurt, Germany. The building is 259 meters (300 with the antenna spire) high and is the seventh tallest building in Europe and the tallest in Germany. Commerzbank Tower is only two meters taller than the Messeturm which is also located in Frankfurt and which is the eight tallest skyscraper in Europe. Both building were built and opened during the 1990s.

Triumph-Palace is a residential skyscraper which is situated in Moscow, Russia. The building is 264 meters high and is the tallest residential building in Europe and the sixth tallest building in Europe.  Triumph-Palace has a total of 45 floors and covers an area of 168.633 square meters. The fifth tallest building in Europe is Naberezhnaya Tower which is also located in the Russian capital. Neberazhnaya Tower is an office complex of three separate office buildings that aren’t connected to one another. The tallest structure of the complex is known as Block C and is 268 meters high.

Moscow is also home to the tallest, second tallest and fourth tallest skyscrapers in Europe which are known respectively as Mercury City Tower which has a height of almost 339 meters, Eurasia Tower which when completed in 2014 will have a height of 309 meters and City of Capitals which has a height of 302 meters.

The ninth tallest building in Europe is located in Madrid, Spain and is the Torre Bankia. The construction of the building started in 2004 and ended in 2008. The edifice is the tallest in Spain with a height of 250 meters. The Torre Bankia was designed by famed architect Norman Foster. The tenth tallest building of Europe is also situated in Madrid, Spain and is known as Torre de Cristal which translated from Spanish means “Tower of Glass”. Torre de Cristal is just half a meter shorter than Torre Bankia and comprises of 52 floors. Both building are office buildings and house the offices of numerous Spanish and international companies.

As you see Europe has it fair share of sky piercing buildings that don’t only rival their North American counterparts but sometimes exceed them in terms of architecture, design and productiveness.


The Shard, London’s newest and finest skyscraper

The ShardThe Shard is a skyscraper in London which is also known as the Shard of Glass, Shard London Bridge and London Bridge Tower. At the moment The Shard is the tallest building in the English capital. The building is 87-storey high and is part of the London Bridge Quarter development. The construction of the edifice began in March 2009 and was topped three years later on the 30th of March, 2012. The building was inaugurated on the 5th of July, 2012. Practical completion was achieved four months later in November 2012.

The building is 306 meters high and is currently ranked as the tallest building in the European Union. The Shard is also the second tallest freestanding structure in the United Kingdom, after the Emley Moor Transmitting Station which is a concrete tower with a height of 330 meters.

Of the 87 floors, 72 are habitable floors which have a viewing gallery. The 72nd floor has an open air observation deck which is open to the public and is undoubtedly the most noted feature of the building. The observation deck is known throughout the city as the View from the Shard and stands at a height of approximately 245 meters.

The Shard stands on the site where once stood the Southwark Towers. The Southwark Towers are a 24-storey office block which was built in 1975. The present building was designed by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano who was also designed the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, France, Stadio San Nicola in Bari, Italy, the NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the Kensai International Airport is Osaka Japan and many more famed building and structures all over the world.

On the 17th floor of The Shard is located the second campus of the famous Warwick Business School. The school was founded in 1967 and currently has a student body of over 7,500 students. The Warwick Business School is known to be the most prestigious and highly selective business school in the world. The second campus of the school was opened in September 2014.

A floor below are located the Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera UK studios and offices. On the 31st, 32nd and 33rd floor are situated some of London’s finest restaurants including the Hutong, Oblix and Aqua Shard. All three restaurants are known throughout the city, country and continent for their delicious menu and amazing vistas of London. The world famous Shangri-La Hotel occupies the building from the 34th to the 52nd floor. The residential suits of the building occupy the area from the 53rd to the 65th floor.

The Shard is maintained in top condition by numerous local companies that provide professional services such as Carpet Cleaning Finchley. However some of the offices that occupy the building are maintain in proper condition by professional and cleaning contractors of their own.

At the moment the Shard is undoubtedly the most fascinating and modern building in the English capital and a testament to this claim is the fact that the building is served by an astonishing number of 44 elevators and lifts.