Tonic Design Tonic Construction

Tonic Design Tonic Construction is an award-winning modern design-build firm in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Charleston HUB

Mind the Garden is a vessel and stage that sustains and enriches local culture. The bar building’s bays, at the ground level create market (retail) stalls for regional goods such as Gullah baskets and farmers’ produce. The Charleston Single House offers a compelling model for environmental sustainability, but its enclosed gardens privatize green space and do little to encourage public encounters. This scheme breaks down the garden-wall barriers to make green space that is welcoming and pleasant. The garden provides a threshold to introduce local culture to Charleston’s visitors. Small pavilions for waiting, cafes, ticketing, and vending occupy and invigorate the garden platform. The green space functions simultaneously as pathway, a place of rest, and a surface for activity while making connections beyond the site, coupling axially with Wragg Square to the North and East.

First Prize
completed with David Hill, AIA and Laura Garofalo

Architecture for Humanity Charleston
The Digital Charleston
The Post and Courier