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ILowes-Pavilion-NCMA.jpgn their latest issue, Walter Magazine features unique minimalist structures in the Triangle area.

Spotlighting Lowe’s Pavillon and other NCMA architectural pieces, the writer notes:

They’re diversions in the landscape, placed to punctuate and celebrate the visual richness of the grounds. But they’re not only meant to be seen – they also provide a vantage point to better appreciate the beauty of their own surroundings.

Read more at WalterMagazine.com.

 

Photography by: Randy Thompson The South Atlantic Region of the American Institute of Architects Recognizes 19 Projects for Design Excellence.

 Over 150 people celebrated the work of firms from Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina on September 30, 2016 at the SCAD Museum of Art in downtown Savannah, GA.

Tonic took home the Housing Award for their work on Crabill Modern.

“Extreme budget constraints often halt a project, but in this instance have produced amazing results.  Beautifully conceived, presented and executed, this project captured the jury’s imagination by virtue of its clarity and formal inventiveness,” noted the jury. “Especially striking is the use of analogous forms found in the surrounding contexts of landscape and agrarian structures. Constructed from the ground up for less than many renovation projects, this house extends a proposition beyond the limits of its own walls in working towards making well designed housing accessible to a greater percentage of the population.”

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Multigenerational Living: The Resurgence of a Forgotten Housing Typology

When: Thursday, November 19, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Where: COR Museum, 220 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Speakers: Katherine Hogan, AIA & Vincent Petrarca of tonic design

During this UDC Talk, tonic design principals Katherine Hogan, AIA and Vincent Petrarca will speak about their practice, past projects in Raleigh, and research into alternative housing types and housing diversity within our city.

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tonic design | tonic construction principals Katherine Hogan, AIA, and Vincent Petrarca, were featured lecturers at the 2015 AIA Arkansas State Convention on Friday, October 16th.

The lecture, entitled “Working Backwards,” highlighted their hybrid model of professional practice, construction-led-design. Through an overview of their past and future projects, Hogan and Petrarca described their values and practice methodology and how it has shaped their approach to architecture.

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Walters Residence

Walters Residence

 

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. Open to the kitchen and dining and a balcony and loft above, this central volume aligns with compelling views of the landscape. A structural system holding photovoltaic panels and perforated screens is responsible for creating the home’s energy and hot water while shading openings to alleviate unnecessary heat gain. The building’s orientation on the site utilizes the maximum potential of the photovoltaic technology, decreasing the overall load on the geothermal HVAC system. READ MORE & SEE THE GALLERY…

For a modern house in Hillsborough, North Carolina

November 20, 2012 (Raleigh NC) – Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, an award-winning design/build firm in Raleigh, NC, has received a Merit Award from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA NC) for its design and construction of the “Crabill Modern” house in Hillsborough, NC.

It was the only residential project to win an AIA NC design award this year.

This simple, modern home is located in a clearing amidst a lush, five-acre forest. The Crabills wanted the house to disturb the natural environment as little as possible and to accommodate local wildlife.

“They also wanted a unique live-work house that provides interesting spatial overlaps,” said project designer Katherine Hogan, who co-owns of Tonic Design + Tonic Construction with her husband, designer Vinny Petraca. “And they wanted it to be constructed in a simple and cost-effective way.”

The house is sited to avoid disturbing the environment, to maximize natural lighting and ventilation, and to frame views of forest, including a three-trunked tree.

To reflect the rural setting, the design references regional agricultural structures yet renders them in a modern composition using simple, inexpensive materials. Recalling old farm sheds, the house’s skewed cubic form is clad in solid and perforated COR-TEN®, a steel alloy developed to eliminate the need for painting. The steel forms a stable rust-like appearance when exposed to the weather. As a result, the house will be a constantly evolving element in the landscape as a rich patina develops over the years. The COR-TEN also acts as a rain screen, canopy, sunshade, and visual screen.

Spray foam insulation, tightly sealed ducts, low-e glazed windows, and Energy Star® appliances contribute to the home’s energy conservation. Despite the fact that their new house is 800 feet larger than their previous house, the Crabills report that their energy bills are, on average, 30 percent lower.

The first floor includes the entry, a spacious kitchen/living/dining room, a studio/music space, and two decks. The second floor includes the master bedroom suite and two bedrooms for the Crabills’ children, who share an extra loft space and bath.

Tonic Construction completed the house for $155 per square foot, due in large part to the design/build process and the creative use of materials.

The annual AIA NC Design Awards celebrate the achievements of architects and designers across the state and recognize a select group of diverse projects that distinguish themselves both in response to their clients’ needs and design excellence. For more information, visit www.ncaia.org.

For more information on Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, go to www.tonic-design.com.