Still under construction, the Shard has already topped One Canada Square’s 770 ft, and once complete is set to reach heights of around 1,017 ft.
The Shard, which was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, will be 72 storeys high and will provide 600,000 sq ft of office space in London Bridge.
Piano is best known for creating Paris’s Pompidou Centre alongside Britain’s Richard Rogers, which is home to the largest museum for modern art in Europe.
The office space in SE1 will be joined by restaurants, retail units and Europe’s first five-star rated Shangri-La Hotel. The entrance to the Shard will also benefit from direct access to London Bridge Railway Station and the Underground.
When complete in 2012, the Shard will become the tallest building in the EU.
However, it will not come close to the world’s tallest building: the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at 828m high.