Saturday, June 27, 2015

Crystal (City Hall 2022-)

London The Unfinished City
London's most sustainable building.

Saturday June 27, 2015.

My annual September walk, through the Unfinished City, saw me traverse the capital from the Royal Docks through to Whitechapel, via the Thames Path

Travelling above the River Thames, via the Emirates Air Line, gives you a great perspective on a truly unique building, named The Crystal.

Brief History

The Crystal opened in 2012 and is owned and operated by Siemens. Built as part of the Green Enterprise District Policy, which is a project to regenerate London's east end in a low-carbon and sustainable way, it is one of the world's most sustainable buildings.

Using solar power and ground source heat pumps, the building creates its own energy and recycles everything it uses, including the toilet water.

It is also home to the worlds largest exhibition on sustainable development.

The surrounding urban landscape was designed to be sustainable and its aim is to encourage a shift in the social ideology, to make sustainability a more attractive idea.

It has been reported that this building may become the headquarters of the Greater London Authority, which comprises the Mayor of London and the London Assembly, sometime in 2021.

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