The Crystal: a showcase for sustainability

Katherine Portilla

Last week I paid a visit to the Crystal, a brand-new centre of sustainability that opened its doors to the city of London September of this year. The initiative was created by global company Siemens with the hope that it would serve as a focal point for local urban redevelopment projects. It would seem appropriate then that the Crystal is based in London’s Green Enterprise District.

The Crystal buildingI had the opportunity to speak to Anne Keogh, Head of External Relations at the Crystal, to learn a little bit more about the centre. “The concept came up as an idea in 2010, so only two years ago and we announced in spring 2010, together with Boris Johnson the mayor of London and Sir Robin Wales the mayor of Newham, that we would have the building ready for 2012,” she said.

The design of the building draws inspiration from the multi-faced structure…

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