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The Shard, Europe's Largest Building Is Unveiled After Completion Of It's Exterior

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Laser lights shine from The Shard over Tower Bridge on July 5, 2012 in London, England. The European Union's highest building designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, stands at 310 meters tall situated on London's Southbank is formally inaugurated this evening at 10pm with a laser show that will also be streamed live on the internet. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

London's tallest building opens - with empty floors!

Standing 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) above ground level, it is the tallest building in the European Union as of July 2012. At the time of the Shard's official opening, there are still no confirmed occupants, though it is expected that there would be full occupancy by the end of 2014.