23 facts about the Shard | Art and designA worker looks up at the Shard. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP • The Shard is 309.6 metres (1,016ft) high. • The building reached its top height on 19 June. • It has 11,000 glass panels. • The area of the glass façade is 56,000 sq metres (602,779 sq ft), which equals eight football pitches. • There are 44 lifts, including double-decker lifts. • There are 306 flights of stairs. • The total floor space is 11 hectares (27 acres). • 95% of the construction materials are recycled. • 20% of the steelwork is from recycled sources. • The design was influenced by the irregular nature of the site. • Each facet forms a shard, a plane of glass gently inclined inwards, rising towards the top. • The corners of the development are open and the shards do not touch, allowing the building to "breathe". • There are 72 habitable floors. • A further 15 levels will make up the "spire". • The ground-floor Shard Plaza will be a public area with seating and plants. • The Shard is the tallest building in Europe.
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