Located in the heart of the Royal Docks, The Crystal is a flagship project for the regeneration of East London. It has been designed to be one of the world’s greenest buildings, achieving BREEAM Outstanding and LEED Platinum. A key requirement in the brief was to ensure the building would operate exclusively on electricity. The Crystal was also intended to function as a hybrid corporate HQ that is open to the public as a permanent exhibition and education space, as well as serving as a workplace.
The building is comprised of two distinct ‘crystals’ – respectively ‘the exhibition’ and ‘office/conference’. The ‘office’ crystal houses a 270 seat auditorium, meeting rooms, high specification office accommodation, café and restaurant. The second structure includes a large, interactive exhibition space which showcases Siemens’ sustainable technologies.