Architecture and Technology
Explore one of the world's most sustainable buildings
Designed by award winning architects Wilkinson Eyre, this iconic sustainable building draws inspiration from the many sides of a crystal. The external shape of the building creates unique internal spaces, including an auditorium, conference facilities, meeting rooms and office spaces.
With its waterside location on London’s Royal Docks, the Crystal architecture provides a striking contrast to the surrounding skyline, the O₂, Canary Wharf and the Emirates Airline Cable Car that passes by.
The Crystal is an all-electric building that uses solar power and a ground source heat pump to generate its own energy. It showcases state-of-the-art technologies to make buildings more efficient and also profiles Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. The building incorporates rainwater harvesting, black water treatment, solar heating and automated building management systems.
ensuring the building doesn’t overheat.
from the roof and stored
in a 30m³ under-
ground storage tank. 80% of hot water is
heated by solar thermal
heating and ground
source heat pumps. 100% of WC flushing water
is taken from our non-potable sources.
produced by solar panels. CO₂ emissions for the Siemens offices
are 70% lower than in the average
office building in London. The Crystal is a 100% electric building.
are used on site 199 groundsource pipes totaling 17km in length and reaching as deep as 150m heat and cool the building.
systems function as effectively as possible. Siemens Building Management System
in the of the building. Data on energy and water consumption is presented live
in the Crystal exhibition and refreshed every 15 minutes.