CAFOD Headquarters / Black Architecture

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Architects: Black Architecture
Location: ,
Client: CAFOD
Project area: 3,000 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Tim Soar

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CAFOD’s (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) new headquarters adjacent to Pugin’s listed St George’s Cathedral in Southwark has been designed to be an exemplar of sustainable workplace design. The building was conceived to be intrinsically sustainable by balancing the three criteria that together comprise sustainable development:

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The design of the building actively encourages people to meet and communicate with each other, improving information and knowledge sharing and creating a heart for the CAFOD community and their international team.



A radical innovation in workplace design is realised within the constraints of a limited budget demonstrating CAFOD’s “live simply” philosophy and their core charity function. The building design and material pallet is elegant, simple and efficient as opposed to opulent, extravagant or wasteful. The resultant scheme takes into account lifecycle running costs as well as construction capital.

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Achieves an Excellent BREEAM rating through the integration of innovative building techniques and technologies.

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Cite: "CAFOD Headquarters / Black Architecture" 21 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • up_today_arch

    I like the ceilings… It has a style…

  • KeSch

    Nice one. Makes good use of the irregular shape of the site. The materials fit well, even though its a strong contrast to the existing brick structures around. Wood comes as a translator here between new and exsiting.

  • KeSch

    As well its nice that the definition of sustainability in this description is made in a broader sense, involving a social, economical and ecological notion.

  • nulla

    Clear and simple, very good work.