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Environment-Driven Design

Waugh Thistleton Architects design a building to be dismantled

London architects Waugh Thistleton have built a hybrid, cross-laminated-timber and steel, 3,150-square-meter office designed to be a more sustainable, flexible building. It will be adaptable to the needs of a changing roster of tenants over the years, and essentially can be dismantled at the end of its life.

"We wanted to make a super-low-carbon building that is durable, adaptable and demountable," Waugh Thistleton co-founder Andrew Waugh said. "This building has only two columns per space and no internal support walls, which means the developing businesses that will call the building home will be able to easily adapt in the building.” 

Designed with the aim of achieving zero waste, the building features a main steel structure bolted together with all cladding, decking and balustrades designed to be detachable and recyclable at the end of its life.

“When buildings are designed to be used as efficiently as possible, it is, of course, ultimately better for the environment," explained Waugh. “We wanted to treat the building as a recyclable product, so we conceived of it being dismantled, reused and recycled in the future.”

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