Peg Wall by MERGE Architects

 

As part of the renovation of a loft in Chelsea, Massachusetts, MERGE Architects designed a wall with over 40,000 wooden dowels, to cover the exterior of the bathroom.

 

Peg Wall by MERGE Architects

The architect’s description

This intervention into a private loft uses over 40,000 individual wooden dowels. The dowels activate a pegboard wall liner that wraps a new, second bathroom space.

Peg Wall by MERGE Architects

The pegs were cut at 30 different lengths and then individually inserted into a grid of ½”-diameter CNC-cut holes.

Peg Wall by MERGE Architects

The resulting undulating surface operates as both storage space and enclosure. The thickened wall surface provides a unique bookcase for the owner’s extensive book collection while reading as both grid and surface.

Peg Wall by MERGE Architects

The bathroom itself, lined in bright green tile, is accessed through a hidden operable panel within the pegboard envelope.

Peg Wall by MERGE Architects

Peg Wall by MERGE Architects

Peg Wall by MERGE Architects

Peg Wall by MERGE Architects

Architect: MERGE Architects | Elizabeth Whittaker (Principal-in-Charge), Joana Torres (Project Manager), Andrew Richardson and Anthony Di Mari (Design Team)
Contractor: Evergreen Group Company, Inc.
Photography by John Horner Photography

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