The tallest skyscraper in Europe opened recently, and the expensive London commercial real estate development has many detractors, according to NBC News.
The property, named the Shard, has more than 31 acres of floor space and stands more than 1,000 feet higher than any other property in London. The total cost was $2.35 billion, according to the news source. It has approximately 11,000 glass panels and nearly 30 floors of offices, as well as a five-star hotel, apartments, restaurants and a bird's-eye view of the city.
"It's on the south side of the river; it's where London started from in the 2nd century, Renzo Piano, architect of the building, told the news source. "We are bringing energy back to this part of the city."
However, the property, which was funded by the Qatari royal family, has been criticized because it is much higher than other buildings in the city, and takes away from the traditional aspect of the city's skyline, the news source said. However, the property's owners are currently looking for tenants in the large building, and expect it to be fully leased before 2014.