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London, United Kingdom

The Crystal, Siemens HQ

Arch. Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Functional fixed seating with digital tablets designed to offer optimum user comfort in this conference room



Siemens opens its sustainable building, The Crystal

Project description

Situated in London's Royal Victoria Docks, The Crystal is one of the world's most sustainable buildings. Siemens has built it to house its Center of Competence Cities, which is a multidisciplinary team dedicated to the study and creation of sustainable cities. Its geometry and exterior enclosures have been designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, while the interior is the work of the Pringle Brandon Perkins & Will studio.

The building consumes 50% less energy than other similar buildings and emits 65% less CO2. In addition, the building incorporates rainwater harvesting and solar heating, among other features. The Crystal is also London's newest iconic building. According to Chris Wilkinson, director and founder of Wilkinson Eyre, "the crystalline geometry of the architecture derives its inspiration from nature. The massing of the two interlocking triangular forms generates an exciting and dynamic building from every angle as you move around the site".

Inside, the building houses Siemens offices, the world's largest urban sustainability exhibition centre (2,000 m2) and a 268-seat auditorium under a red oval structure.  


Data sheet

Name: The Crystal, Siemens Urban Sustainability Center

Location: London

Architect: Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Interior architecture: Pringle Brandon Perkins & Will.

Construction company: ISG Construction

Property: Siemens

Total area: 6,300 m2

Auditorium capacity: 268 seats

Product: 5036 TOP chair


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Challenges and solutions

In the initial project, the depth of the auditorium's steps was 930 mm, and seats without writing tables were planned for. However, as the work progressed it was decided to equip the seats with an individual table to give the auditorium more functionality as a conference room. Figueras changed the angle of the backrest of the seats to make them shallower, thus providing space for the LP tablet and the optimum inclination for writing. This technical solution managed to get a 384 mm space between rows, while keeping the chair's original comfort level and complying with the British standard of space between rows, which requires a minimum passage of 350 mm.  Finally, Figueras was  the right partner for this building because of its international environmental certifications. This building soon hopes to reach the highest LEED rating possible. 

Product supplied

The 5036 TOP chair was chosen by Siemens as it was the most comfortable seat tested by the project managers for use in a space like this, which must accommodate long conferences. In order to comply with the country's regulations, the seats and backrests were upholstered in 100% wool. The seats feature the same bright red colour that can be seen in other elements of the building and they are equipped with LP tablets to allow meetings to be attended in comfort. Six of the seats in the first row are movable in case more space is needed for wheelchairs. These seats are easy to remove.



The Crystal, Siemens HQ in London, United Kingdom; project fitted with 5036 Top  /  5086 Top seats for Auditorium, Conference & Congress

Technical data

  • Name: The Crystal, Siemens HQ
  • Location: London , United Kingdom
  • Year of development: 2013
  • Architecture: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
  • Segments: Auditorium, Conference & Congress|Corporate|
  • Fixed Seating: 5036 Top  /  5086 Top

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