Studio TILT challenges what an ‘office should look like’ at Hiscox
Circular economy principles and colour through art were used to form a workplace that extends beyonds the insurance HQ's physical space in London.
Waugh Thistleton Architects, Eckersley O’Callaghan, EEP, Daytrip Studio, Andu Masebo, · Another Country, · Benchmark, · Case, · Conran, · Fred Rigby, · Galvin Brothers, · Isokon Plus, · Mark Product, · Matteo Fogale, · Modular by Mensah, · Rawside, · SCP, · Sebastian Cox, · Skagerak by Fritz Hansen, · Very Good and Proper, Naomi Paul (pendants), Celine Wright (pendants), Kvadrat, Gravity (flooring), Oakenwoods (joinery), Jan Hendzel (totems), Lucas Dupuy (artwork), Contractors / SubContractors, MidGroup (1st Main Contractor), Parkeray (2nd Main Contractor), Hybrid Structures (Timber structure), O’Keefe (Concrete), Pacegrade (Façade), Contrasol (Brise Soleil (timber fins on façade)), Greenside (MEPH), Oakenwoods (Joinery), Gravity (Flooring), Waugh Thistleton Architects (Basebuild Architects), , Gardiner & Theobold (Quantity Surveyor), Eckersley O’Callaghan (Structural & Façade Engineers), Opera (Project Managers), EEP – Environmental Engineering Partnership (MEPH Engineers), EDP (MEPH Engineers), DP9 (Planning), Sweco (Approved Inspectors), Hoare Lea (Fire Engineer), The PES (BREEAM), Sebastian Cox (bespoke furniture), Kangan Arora ( mural at the entrance )
Developed by The Office Group and designed by Waugh Thistleton Architects, with interiors by Daytrip Studio, The Black & White Building is central London’s tallest mass-timber office building, and the first workspace development TOG has built entirely from scratch. Its innovative construction and commitment to renewable materials make it a milestone in sustainable urban architecture, not to mention an inspiring place to work.
The use of timber provides all the functional benefits of concrete, with a dramatically reduced impact on the environment. 20% of the built environment’s carbon impact is caused by the construction and refurbishment of buildings, so The Black & White Building’s use of low-carbon materials represents a significant improvement for sustainable architecture in the UK.
The structure has been built from the ground up using cross-laminated timber (CLT) for the frame and floor slabs and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) for columns and beams. These high-performance engineered materials generate much smaller greenhouse gas emissions in production than steel or cement, saving thousands of tonnes of CO2, while also being highly durable and renewable.
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