Home, A Pile of CLT

an inhabitable irregular grid of loadbearing walls           

Single-family house for ten people located in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Fourteen adjacent sites on the edge of William B. Umstead State Park serve as a site for a collection of experimental houses. The aim is to replace the traditional stick-frame construction with the recent innovations surrounding mass timber.

The proposal takes the maximum CLT panel size (9’x50’) and arranges it in an irregular grid. This strategy results in a unique spatial quality while also stabilizing the structure. Most of the openings on the walls are rectangular (8’x7’) with a few round exceptions that give a unique character to the house.

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

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