The Black & White Building

SustainabilityCommercial & Leisure

The Black & White Building

Project Info

This landmark mass timber office complex sets a new standard for sustainable and innovative workspace architecture founded on low-carbon construction, circularity and natural materials.

Standing 17.8 metres above the Shoreditch streetscape on the site of a former timber-seasoning yard, The Black & White Building is the tallest engineered timber structure of its kind in central London.

With a hybrid engineered timber superstructure comprising beech LVL frame with CLT slabs and core, the seven-storey, 4,480 m2 building demonstrates that timber is not just a viable structural solution for office-building, but a preferable option for both performance and sustainability. The timber structure is expressed internally, celebrating the natural beauty of the material throughout the wide-span open workspaces.

Designed with circular-economy principles, modern methods of construction and pioneering materials, the building demonstrates the positive impact these can have on performance, sustainability and efficiency in construction.


ArchitectWaugh Thistleton Architects

Structural EngineerEckersley O’Callaghan

Wood SupplierZueblin – CLT; Pollmeier – LVL; Raico – Composite timber/aluminium curtain walling; AHEC – Tulipwood (façade)


SpeciesEuropean Beech (Austria); European Spruce (Germany); Tulipwood (North America) – PEFC and FSC certified

ClientTOG (The Office Group)

Structural FrameHybrid Structures

Timber EngineerEngenuiti

PhotographerJake Curtis

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