After a construction phase of about a year and a half, Siemens brings Crystal, an architectural highlight and one of the world’s greenest buildings to the British capital. Designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, the building features a 270-seat auditorium as well as the world’s largest exhibition on urban sustainability. With an area of 2,000sqmt, the exhibition presents existing infrastructure solutions that make life in cities more sustainable and environment friendly while enhancing its quality. At Crystal, experts from the Siemens Centre of Competence Cities engage in research and development geared to technologies and innovations for tomorrow’s urban infrastructures. In addition, the Infrastructure & Cities Sector will coordinate its City Account Managers from Crystal.
The facility consumes 50% less power and emits 65% less carbon dioxide than comparable office buildings. Renewable energy sources meet Crystal’s heating and cooling needs, a photovoltaic system generates green electricity and rainwater is harvested for use. On the BREEAM and LEED international assessments for energy-efficient buildings, Crystal hopes to receive top scores (Outstanding and Platinum, respectively) – making it one of the greenest facilities in the world.