Siemens Urban Sustainability Centre - The Crystal

Leaf Awards 2013 shortlist London / United Kingdom / 2012

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The Siemens Urban Sustainability Centre sits at the heart of London’s Green Enterprise District on the western edge of the Royal Victoria Dock. The architectural concept for the building is based on two interlocking parallelogram forms with multiple triangular facets. Its crystalline geometry responds to its special location and contrasts with the curve of the O2 Arena beyond. A palette of reflective and transparent materials catches the light in different ways to create a dynamic composition on the waterfront. Together with the exhibition hall which will host public events, the centre also includes an auditorium, conference and meeting facilities and office space. As a showcase for sustainable design and construction, the building incorporates high performance glazing, photovoltaic panels, energy efficient lighting and metering. Rainwater harvesting, water efficient appliances, ground source heat pumps and solar heating are all integral to the design and the building was constructed using recycled steel and industrial by-product cement. Sustainable drainage and water efficient landscaping are also part of the design to create a relaxing waterside environment around the building. The centre opened to the public in September 2012.
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    The Siemens Urban Sustainability Centre sits at the heart of London’s Green Enterprise District on the western edge of the Royal Victoria Dock. The architectural concept for the building is based on two interlocking parallelogram forms with multiple triangular facets. Its crystalline geometry responds to its special location and contrasts with the curve of the O2 Arena beyond. A palette of reflective and transparent materials catches the light in different ways to create a dynamic composition...

    Project details
    • Year 2012
    • Work finished in 2012
    • Client Siemens
    • Cost confidential
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Corporate Headquarters / Research Centres/Labs
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