Inspiration surrounds workforces in The Shard, from the beauty of the building itself and the views across the world's greatest city to the ultra-modern workspaces and irresistible buzz of the vibrant London Bridge Quarter area.
Even before its completion, the building had garnered a global following for its daring aesthetic. But the progressive design goes way beyond the glittering exterior. In fact every aspect of the building coincides to make life and work within it the best it can be. Every element of The Shard has been considered and scrutinised – from its silhouette on the skyline, to the position of electrical outlets. Nothing has been assumed, and the result is an inspiring work environment that helps to boost productivity, well-being and creativity.
“AS A 21ST-CENTURY BUILDING FOR KNOWLEDGE WORKERS, IT HAS A VERY BROAD APPEAL AND WILL BECOME A MODEL FOR OTHER CITIES.”
The flexible office space in The Shard offers an environment that collaborates with occupiers, encouraging companies to develop towards the future with a workforce that has all the tools to work better – and this is complemented by the unique floor plates of each level, which range from 14,770 sq ft to 31,492 sq ft.
These floor plates provide staff with natural light and individual views of the city through floor-to-ceiling glazing, shaded when necessary by blinds that respond automatically to light levels. And companies' departments can have their own octagonal personalised “paddocks” with a layout speciﬁc to their needs, as well as individual views of the city. The areas between these paddocks allow for yet more breakout spaces – with sofas, watercoolers, meeting tables – and effectively act as the links between teams.
The Shard entrance presents a magnificent double-height lobby in steel, glass and marble. The professionally staffed reception area ensures occupiers are able to convey their own standards and values of service from the moment clients, visitors or staff arrive. Located on the concourse level, the lobby provides immediate and convenient access to London Bridge station – one of London’s most significant transport hubs.
Each office floor features three Winter Gardens - breakout spaces designed to give tenants increased contact with the world outside. In the glass ﬂoor-to-ceiling inner facade, there are windows that can be opened via independent control systems, offering natural ventilation and allowing the sounds of the city to drift in. Project architect William Matthews explains: "We wanted a building that could breathe and offer people a more human link between the inside and outside, as opposed to the classic, hermetically sealed skyscraper." The Shard’s Winter Gardens are some of the best breakout spaces in the capital, with tenants benefiting from unrivalled views of the London cityscape, and the abundance of natural light that ﬂoods in from every direction.