Building sites fascinate me. I guess it’s partly the shapes and textures: the honeycomb lattice of the cranes, the sinister gleaming of the steel girders, and the intricate entanglement of the framework into which the concrete will be poured. For me there’s also something intriguing about the incompleteness of it all, the fact that you are seeing the “working out” behind the mathematical and engineering calculation which will deliver the finished product.
I find the Shard in London an impressive building, and I almost always pause to gaze up at it when at London Bridge; or to stare down the narrow alleyways lining Eastcheap and Great Tower Street, which frame it so perfectly amidst the clocks and brickwork of an older London. But I was just as fascinated by it when it was still a work in progress, a mis-match of glass, steel and concrete – as in today’s picture.