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Some of the smartest buildings in the world...

Here at Maxwell Stephens we are big fans of the built environment. From working in the world of Facilities Management, we know just how much thought goes into the design and construction into high quality real estate. This is particularly true of the newer generation of ‘smart buildings’ that are becoming more commonplace around the world. Smart buildings utilize technology in a range of often ingenious ways, whether that’s in order to reduce energy use, cut down maintenance costs, or boost employee morale and productivity. Here are some of the smartest buildings from around the world…

The Edge - Amsterdam

We’ll start the list off a building that’s referred to by many as ‘the smartest building in the world’, and that’s the Edge building in the Netherlands. It’s reputation at the pinnacle of intelligent buildings is well-earned due to the revolutionary use of “life-improving” building management systems. Powered by an intelligent central dashboard and around 28,000 sensors, it tracks a huge range of building functions. Examples of it’s genius include keeping schedules for employees and showing them where they should be and when; shutting  down areas of the building when not in use to conserve energy, or even harnessing power from workouts in the onsite gym and sending it back to the grid. Pretty clever right?

The Crystal - London

Constructed back in 2012 with a considerable price tag of £30 Million, the Crystal building in London was one of the original shining examples of  smart buildings, especially in regards to the energy efficiencies it achieves. The Crystal takes advantages of Siemens’ green technology, with Siemens claiming that it has up to 70% less carbon emissions than other similar sized office buildings. Some of it’s impressive green credentials include over 5000 sq ft of solar panels, automatic ventilation system, and lights that adjust depending on natural lighting levels.

Burj Khalifa - Dubai

Chances are you’ve heard of the Burj Khalifa due to it’s well known status as the tallest building in the world. But it’s sheer size isn’t the only noteworthy thing about this amazing building. It’s intelligent design makes the Burj Khalifa one of the most well-integrated and sustainable structures in the Middle East. Amongst the ingenious design features of this behemoth are a highly advanced condensation system which collects water from the atmosphere for use in the irrigation system. The HVAC system is particularly sophisticated, utilizing advanced algorithms to pre-empt maintenance issues, significantly reducing costs and potential downtime.

Allianz Arena - Munich

Affectionately referred to as the ‘Inflatable Boot’, the Allianz Arena in Munich is renowned for it’s unique appearance and it’s dazzling lighting system. Boasting over 300,000 LED lighting panels covering the outer wall of the stadium, a comprehensive digital control system can modify more than 3,000,000 lights to produce over 16,000,000 subtle colours.  In addition, the stadium uses an array of sensors and cloud-based analytics on Siemens’ MindSphere platform to manage the grass health and make appropriate recommendations.

Bee'ah Headquarters - Sharjah

This building may look like something out of a Sci-Fi film, but that’s nothing compared to the intelligent building systems the Bee’ah headquarters utilize. The Bee’ah headquarters uses Artificial Intelligence in a variety of ingenious ways, including facial recognition for security purposes, systems to pre-empt and predict maintenance requirements, and contactless interactions. The buildings smart concierge technology helps employees find meeting spaces, provides enhanced booking capabilities, helps users navigate the building, and even arrange transport. In addition, this technological marvel of a building also controls temperature and humidity, ensuring the optimal use of available space.