The world’s largest urban development the Crystal has opened its doors in east London, having been created by Siemens.
Doors of the crystal-shaped glass glad building opened on 19 September and it is the first sustainability centre created by the global engineering company.
It will be used as a conference and exhibition centre, dedicated to sustainable urban development.
As well as exhibiting information on future sustainability, the building has achieved top LEED and BREEM scores for environmental building design.
Costing £30m, the building generates 20% of its electricity from solar power and it can recycle rainwater. In addition, it has the technology to reuse blackwater but is currently waiting for a license to do this.
The Crystal will generate 100% of its heating needs through renewable energy, there are facilities to recharge electric cars onsite, and part of the greenery surrounding the site will be used as a community garden project.
Siemens said the facility would consume 50% less power and emit 65% less carbon dioxide than office buildings of a similar size.
The building encompasses an area of more than 2,000m² of London’s Victoria Docks and will create around 50 jobs in the local area.
It will be Siemens’s flagship building for its infrastructure and cities sector.
Image: The Crystal is the world’s largest sustainability hub located in London. Photo: courtesy of Siemens.