Siemens has opened the €35m Crystal building in London, UK, which the company says hosts the world’s largest exhibition for sustainable urban development.
Situated in the Borough of Newham at the Royal Victoria Docks, the 6,300m² building will serve as a conference centre, urban dialogue platform, and technology and innovation centre.
Siemens said that the centre will bring together city infrastructure experts and the public to explore concepts for the future of cities.
Designed by UK-based Wilkinson Eyre Architects, the building features a 270-seat auditorium and a 2,000m² exhibition.
The exhibition will guide visitors through the urban infrastructure of the future, concentrating on possibilities for sustainable mobility, building technologies, power and water supplies and healthcare.
Designed to achieve the BREEAM Outstanding and LEED Platinum ratings, the facility will consume 50% less power and emit 65% less carbon dioxide than comparable office buildings.
The building will also feature a photovoltaic system to generate green electricity, a rainwater harvesting system and two biomass boilers to produce hot water for heating.
Member of the managing board and CEO of the Infrastructure & Cities Sector at Siemens Roland Busch said that cities worldwide are making investments to improve their water supplies, power grids, transportation systems and building infrastructures.
"Our addressable market alone has a volume of €300bn," Busch said.
"In this growth market, the Crystal will help us intensify dialogue with our customers."
The building will open to the public on 29 September 2012.
Siemens is also planning to construct two smaller centres in Shanghai and Washington in the coming years.
Image: The 6,300m² Crystal features a 270-seat auditorium, a 2,000m² exhibition and will consume 50% less power when compared to office buildings of similar size. Photo: Siemens.