Open House Festival

Black & White Building


Waugh Thistleton Architects, 2023

74 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY

Architect led tours

Getting there


Old Street


Old Street




History of the site

The Black & White Building sits on the site of a seasoning shed used for carpentry timber drying in the Victorian era. Acquired by TOG in 2013, the 10,000 square foot space was small and unsustainable.

What’s different about The Black & White Building?

A statement of sustainable design principals, The Black & White Building is Central London’s tallest mass timber office.

Traditional construction materials including iron, steel and cement contribute around 10 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

The Black & White Building is assembled almost entirely from sustainable mass timber, reducing embodied carbon creation by 37 percent in comparison to a concrete structure of the same size.

What is embodied carbon?

Embodied carbon is the CO2 produced during the building’s creation – including the extraction and manufacturing the of raw materials, the construction, and eventually the deconstruction.

Building with timber is one of the most sustainable methods of construction, reducing our use of polluting high-energy materials – a key method in fighting global warming.

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