The Sawmill

How can a 114-unit project build community and foster new ways to connect and work? 

Chapel Hill, North Carolina | 114 rental units over parking

Inspired by the industrial history of the area, the project utilizes familiar masonry materials presented in new ways. The buildings are organized to form two community plazas that become the crossroads for resident activities, entry, and social gathering. Each building has a number of distinct live/work units allowing home occupations that reflect today's varied working lifestyle. The sawtooth roofs collect the suns energy to offset power usage while giving the building a unique identity. A Cross Laminated Timber structure (CLT) was explored for its sustainability aspects, exposed wood aesthetic, and speed of construction.

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Lucy Davis, AIA  |  Ballentine Associates