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Tonic Design Raleigh NC

Rear elevation overlooking the forest. (Tzu Chen Photography)

Wrapped in vertical stripes of Corten® steel street-side, with vast expanses of floor-to-ceiling glass and cantilevered windows overlooking the forest behind it, a modern house sits quietly in the corner of a cul-de-sac in Durham.

Katherine Hogan, AIA, and Vinny Petrarca of Tonic Design in Raleigh are responsible for this creative two-story, 3800-square-foot, single-family structure that will, as the steel continues to weather, blend into the natural setting and never need painting. Their clients loved the concept since they wanted a low-maintenance house with a modest public presence.

The owners also wanted to maintain a direct visual connection to their beautiful wooded site. The abundant glazing fulfills that wish. READ MORE…

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Tonic Design Raleigh NC

Street-facing facade

Piedmont Retreat,” a modern, single-family home clad in Cor-Ton® steel, earned for Tonic Design of Raleigh, NC, one of only three Honor awards — and the only residential design among the three — in the 2018 AIA Triangle Design Awards. The awards were presented March 22 during a gala event at the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh.

Partners in life and practice, Katherine Hogan, AIA, and Vincent Petrarca have now received 10 AIA Triangle Design Awards for the practice. This is their third honor award.

Tonic Design Raleigh NC

Rear elevation overlooking the forest.

According to the partners, the clients wanted their new house to have a modest public presence and a direct connection to their property’s wooded landscape within its cul-de-sac neighborhood on the edge of Durham within Duke Forest. They also wanted a private, comfortable, low-maintenance house that would blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces.

Minimal in form and materials, Piedmont Retreat’s steel exterior forms a protective barrier to the street and presents a humble profile to the neighborhood. This rugged, weathering skin will eventually find its final patina and blend into the landscape.

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Inside Tonic Design’s award-winning “Piedmont Retreat”

In contrast, the living spaces open to an array of shifting perspectival views within and throughout the house.

Alex Anmahian, AIA, founding partner of the internationally acclaimed firm AW in Cambridge, MA, served as chair of the all-Boston jury. Anmahian, who teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University GSD, announced the winners, noting that the jury admired Tonic Design’s “consistency of message” throughout the submission and the “restrained palette of materials and textures,” among other attributes.

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“We’re especially honored to have our work recognized by this year’s jury,” Hogan said, “all of whom are highly respected, practicing professors of architecture.”

Seven design awards were presented this year: three Honor and four Merit. Click here for more information on the 2018 AIA Triangle Design Awards. Click here for more information on Tonic Design.

 

A creative duo’s partnership is driven by client needs, site specifics, and school schedules

 

Masonry, glass, metal, concrete … these are the building materials that Vincent “Vinny” Petrarca and Katherine Hogan, AIA, owners of the firms Tonic Design and Tonic Construction, in Raleigh, N.C., favor. “These things last over time,” Hogan says. “For over 20 years, we’ve been watching as our projects age and evolve,” she adds. The couple believes it all comes down to detailing and materials. Petrarca and Hogan, whose work has won numerous awards, put great stock in the idea that every project they do is unique—with a “particular site, a client with a vision, a budget,” Petrarca says. READ MORE…

matsumto prize 2015July 23, 2015 (Raleigh, NC) – For the fourth year in a row, tonic design | tonic construction has taken top honors in the George Matsumoto Prize for Modernist residential design throughout North Carolina. The prize was sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses, a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design across the state from the  mid-century to today. Read More

By Kim Weiss

DURHAM — Modern houses allow us to live the way we actually live.  Alex Rosenberg, chairman of the g25825800000000000082d3ee645c5c07a9f6ad0dd62f3efa4f64efb01dPhilosophy Department at Duke University, and his wife, Martha Reeves, visiting professor of markets and management studies at Duke, were well aware of that concept when they hired the Raleigh-based design-build firm Tonic Design + Tonic Construction to create their one-story, 2,400-square-foot home in Durham.

Like many homeowners, Alex and Martha had come to realize that family and friends always congregated in the kitchen when they came for a visit or a dinner party. A Modern home’s open floor plan would allow them to combine kitchen, living room and dining room in one space with each element of the space flowing seamlessly into the other. And since the kitchen is the “heart” of most homes — especially for Martha, who loves to cook — they wanted their kitchen to be the physical center of their house. READ MORE…