A Taller Pile of CLT

a mid-rise building with load-bearing walls



Mixed-use mid-rise building located in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.

Building upon the research developed for “Home, A Pile of CLT,” this project further deploys the interlocking wall system and the piling strategy of the suburban house now in the scale of an urban mid-rise building. The pile accepts chance and implies indeterminacy since replacing any unit would result in another configuration. This approach aims for the disengagement with preconceived forms and advocates for a unique expression of tall buildings.

The concept of Fuzzy Modularity™ describes the systematic arrangement of standardized CLT panels throughout the design that generates a complex yet simple structure.


Location: Raleigh, NC
Instructors: Jennifer Bonner and Hanif Kara
TA: Nelson Byun
Program: Mixed-use
Project Team: Edgar Rodriguez
Year: 2020


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