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World's Coolest Futuristic Buildings

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The future is now in Dubai, London, and other cities being reshaped by these cool new buildings.

The London Bridge Tower, London

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Nicknamed The Shard for its eight jagged vertical glass panels, this Renzo Piano–designed tower has offices, residential floors, and a Shangri-La hotel. Controversial since its completion in mid-2012, the 95-story skyscraper—built in an irregular pyramidal shape—is remaking the iconic London skyline. When it opens to the public later this year, visitors will be able to take in the city from the viewing gallery and open-air observation deck on the 72nd floor, situated at a dizzying height of 804 feet.

Launch Date: 2013 (public observation deck)

World's Coolest Futuristic Buildings

The London Bridge Tower, London

Nicknamed The Shard for its eight jagged vertical glass panels, this Renzo Piano–designed tower has offices, residential floors, and a Shangri-La hotel. Controversial since its completion in mid-2012, the 95-story skyscraper—built in an irregular pyramidal shape—is remaking the iconic London skyline. When it opens to the public later this year, visitors will be able to take in the city from the viewing gallery and open-air observation deck on the 72nd floor, situated at a dizzying height of 804 feet.

Launch Date: 2013 (public observation deck)

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