The Crystal, a Sustainable Cities Initiative by Siemens, has opened in London. Conceived by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, the dramatic crystal-shaped, glazed structure has created a new independent global hub for debate on sustainable urban living and development. The 6,300 sq m building – which houses exhibition spaces, conference facilities and a technology and innovation centre – has been designed to achieve the highest international sustainability credentials for a building (BREEAM Outstanding and LEED Platinum).
The structure – adjacent to the Wilkinson Eyre-designed Emirates Air Line cable car – will be home to Siemens’ global Center of Competence Cities, a team of multi-disciplinary urban experts, which aims to encourage the growth of sustainable cities through partnerships, research and expert collaboration. Located by Royal Victoria Dock, the Crystal is open to the public and city decision makers, incorporating a conference centre with 270 seat auditorium, office space, electric vehicle recharging points and a café.