Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Crabills bought the five-acre property near Hillsborough, NC, with the intention of building a simple, modern home in a clearing amidst a lush forest. They wanted the house to disturb the natural environment as little as possible and accommodate local wildlife.

“Our clients asked us to design a unique live/work house that inspire creativity and provides interesting spatial overlaps,” said project architect Katherine Hogan, co-owner of Tonic Design and Tonic Construction. “They also wanted it to be constructed in a simple and cost-effective way”. The architects sited the house carefully to avoid disturbing the natural environment, to maximize natural lighting, and to frame views of forest, including a favorite three-trunked tree. READ MORE



american firm tonic design has finished the ‘crabill modern,’ a residence in the middle of a clearing in the surrounding five-acre lush forest property near hillsborough, north carolina. the family wanted a dwelling sensitive to the natural ecosystem, that encouraged creativity and provided a comfortable and interesting space to live. taking cues from the barn shed typology, the contemporary reinterpretation skews the floor plan, with perforated and solid corten panels fulfill the purpose of shading, screening and protecting from the natural elements without the need for further maintenance. READ MORE

RALEIGH, UNITED STATES – The addition to the North Carolina Museum of Art’s sculpture park is conceptualized as an outdoor classroom where visitors of the park can appreciate and reflect on their experiences of their museum and museum park visit.

As an open structure the pavilion is as much a sculpture, as it is a building. It was designed specifically for the location it has been built on and adds a new element of architectural design to the park’s impressive collection of sculptures. Viewed as a building, the pavilion has an accessible area of almost 84sqm (900 square feet). READ MORE

by , 10/19/12

Tonic Design has been on the green beat from the start with their contemporary, environmentally friendly home designs. This is particularly true of the GREENville residence located in the North Carolina city with the same name. The home’s striking program is defined by bars and panels, and it is powered by both solar and geothermal energy. It also features a slew of passive design techniques that further reduce its carbon footprint. READ MORE

Tonic Design + Construction provided a contemporary re-design for a mid-century modern house in Raleigh, North Carolina, that was in terrible condition after being abandoned in the 1960s.

The modern 3500-square-foot house was designed and built for art collectors John and Molly Chiles. It was constructed on the bones of an old modern, steel-framed and wood-paneled house overlooking Crabtree Creek in Raleigh, NC, that was abandoned in the 1960s.The original house was in terrible shape: Its wood walls and floors, camouflaged by kudzu and ivy, had rotted. Yet the “bones” were still strong in concept, and the couple saw through the clutter. They were confidant that the neglected remains could form the basis for a dramatic new house that would pay homage to mid-20th century modern design. READ MORE…

October 18, 2012

Architects: Tonic Design
Location: , North Carolina, United States
Architect In Charge: Vinny Petrarca
Photographs: Todd Lanning

The “GREENville House”/Walters Residence is composed of two primary design components: bars and panels. Each acts together to generate an environmentally sensitive response. Narrow bars composed of private space branch out into the landscape to create courtyards, capture natural light, allow cross ventilation, and intersect to form a central volume of double height public space. READ MORE…


Tonic co-owners Katherine Hogan and Vinny Petrarca

Continuing the design/build firm’s involvement with North Carolina’s art museum.

October 11, 2012 (Raleigh, NC) — Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, a design/build firm in Raleigh, is sponsoring the North Carolina Museum of Art’s (NCMA) “Art Purchase Party,” an event that allows the NCMA Contemporaries to select a work of art that the Museum will purchase. The Party will be held on Saturday, October 13.

Tonic is co-owned by Vinny Petrarca and Katherine Hogan. Hogan is a member of the NCMA Contemporaries’ board of directors. The Contemporaries group is composed of young Triangle-area professionals who promote the Museum and help increase membership by sponsoring social and educational fundraising events.

The NCMA Contemporaries worked with an NCMA curator to narrow down a list of nine artists and 27 different works of art to two finalists: Chris Jordan and Hank Willis Thomas. Both are young photographers who, according to the Museum, “highlight areas of the public consciousness in very different ways.

Tonic Design + Tonic Construction has also been involved with the NCMA in another way: The firm designed and built the Museum’s award-winning Sculpture Park Pavilion, which the partners call “Art as Shelter.”

The Art Purchase Party is open to the general public, but only NCMA Contemporaries members can vote. For more information on the NCMZ Contemporaries and the Purchase Party, visit

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