WilkinsonEyre reveals designs for Siemens Sustainability Centre

WilkinsonEyre has revealed designs for a new landmark building at the heart of London's Green Enterprise District in the Royal Victoria Docks, as part of a design team with lead consultant and interior architect Pringle Brandon, engineer Arup and exhibition designer Event. The centre will feature exhibition and education facilities showcasing exciting innovations that will make our city greener.

The concept for the building shell is based on two interlocking parallelogram forms with multiple triangular facets. Its crystalline geometry, which draws inspiration from nature, responds to its special location and contrasts with the curve of the Millennium Dome beyond.

A palette of reflective and transparent materials on the facets, catch the light in different ways to create a dynamic composition on the waterfront.

One of the crystals is a single volume containing exhibition space, the other contains offices and conference facilities on several levels.

A showcase for sustainable design and construction, maximum use of natural daylight will be incorporated with high performance glazing, photovoltaic panels, energy efficient lighting and metering. Rainwater harvesting, water efficient appliances, ground source heat pumps and solar water heating will all be integral to the design, and the building will be constructed using recycled steel and industrial by-product cement.

Announced at the ExCel Centre on Thursday 27 May by London Mayor Boris Johnson, the building is planned to open to public in early 2012.