CTBUH Chapter Event

CTBUH UK Chapter Presents: Talk & Tour of The Black & White Building

Tuesday, 15 August 2023 | The Office Group - The Black & White Building, 74 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3AY | London

40 people joined the UK Chapter on Tuesday 15th August for a talk and tour of The Black & White Building, a statement of sustainable design principals and Central London’s tallest mass timber office building.

Working alongside Waugh Thistleton Architects and Daytrip Studio, The Office Group created The Black & White Building as a vision for what future Work Spaces should look like. Embracing innovative construction processes and sustainable materials, has allowed the carbon footprint to be significantly reduced in comparison to equivalent concrete structures.

The timber shading fins that line the exterior of The Black & White Building tilt as they climb upwards, allowing for optimum heat and natural light throughout the Work Space, whilst eighty solar panels on the roof work to generate renewable energy. This considered engineering balances function and form, saves on electricity and heating, and automatically reduces the operational carbon footprint. Mirroring the exterior, exposed timber and honest, warm materials great visitors inside. Design installations are dotted around the lounge, created by local designers and young students using sustainable materials, forming a harmonious retreat in the middle of a bustling community.




Charlie Green, Co-founder and Special Adviser, The Office Group

Charlie spent his early career working in acquisitions as a chartered surveyor, before he was appointed managing director of developer MWB’s serviced office business aged 27. He left to co-found TOG with Olly Olsen in 2003, and has since led on business growth, building design and acquisitions. In 2022, TOG has grown to over 50 Work Spaces across the UK and Germany.

Passionate about design, architecture and sustainability, Charlie is vocal about the real estate sector’s responsibility to make a positive impact – both on people and the environment. He brings a human dimension to a bricks-and-mortar industry and has driven The Office Group’s innovative approach to workspace design, which treats every building individually; respecting its character to create unique experiences for The Office Group members.

Charlie is also a men’s mental health advocate and sits on the board of Norwood, a British charity dedicated to supporting vulnerable people with additional educational or mental health needs.

“In owning and operating our buildings, we have a responsibility to make a positive impact on the lives of people who interact with The Office Group Work Spaces. From innovative architecture to sustainable design solutions, and buildings that respond to rapid changes in workplace design and needs, we combine astute commercial thinking with an intuitive approach that puts people first.”



Dave Lomax, Associate Director, Waugh Thistleton Architects

Dave Lomax is an Associate Director at Waugh Thistleton Architects, the world’s leading architects in the field of mass timber who were shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2018 and awarded the RIBA President’s Medal for Practice Located Research in 2010. He led the design and delivery of the world’s largest CLT building at the time - Dalston Works in east London – and the recently completed Black and White building which is the tallest all timber office building in central London.
Alongside practice Dave has taught at the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas in the US and at the London School of Architecture amongst others. He is a vice-chair of the Southwark Design Review Panel and lectures widely about the work of the practice.


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