A proposal for an IKEA headquarter in Raleigh, North Carolina
Through the simple act of stacking tables, the proposal re-envisions a sprawled IKEA headquarter as a vertically-stacked tower. With consideration for CLT’s characteristic mass-ness and blank-ness, 4 table types are designed. These generic types are then scaled, stacked, and nested in various configurations achieving column-free plans to accommodate various programs. The façade treatment utilizes the readily-available CNC technology to route large sheets of CLT panels in the aesthetic of a draped tabletop cloth. The exterior façade panel is then cladded with Canadian cedar shingles and anodized aluminum to protect it from moisture exposure. Both cedar shingles, a domestic material of a home, and anodized aluminum, an industrial material of an office, mimic the tone of the CLT to reinterpret the aesthetic of the tower.