METAL ARCHITECTURE: "2011 Chairman’s Awards"

The Metal Construction Association recognized its 2011 Chairman’s Award recipients at METALCON International. Previously named the MCA President’s Awards, the Chairman’s Awards are an annual designation given to outstanding building projects involving MCA member companies. The awards honor innovation and creativity while showcasing how metal products help achieve exceptional building designs…

Greenville Residence

Greenville House, Greenville, NC
The clients and design team envisioned this private residence as a model of environmental sensitivity. Material selection for the exterior was critical to the project success. Zinc was used on the double height volume of the residence as a key element of the composition of exterior materials. The project team wanted to use materials that would make a statement about sustainability. Raleigh, N.C.-based Umicore Building Products USA Inc. supplied 1,500 square feet of VMZINC flat lock panel, which were selected because of its lower embodied energy than other metals and it is a naturally occurring element. It is now a LEED for Homes Silver certified and Energy Star-rated home.
For this project, the MCA judges applauded the choice to use zinc, given the sustainable characteristics the builder was going for. The palette of wood was a nice counterpoint to the other materials used and the use of metal panels was ideal to creating the focal point of the home.
The architect and contractor for this project is Raleigh-based Tonic Design/Tonic Construction and the metal installer is Metalworx Inc., Summerville, S.C. READ MORE…

2011-11-01T18:56:44+00:00November 1st, 2011|0 Comments

CUSTOM HOME: "GREENville House, Greenville, N.C. Custom Home / 3,000 to 5,000 Square Feet"

May-June 2011


By Bruce D. Snider
The owners of this new LEED Silver-rated residence did their sustainability homework in advance. “They knew about solar and geothermal from the beginning,” says project designer Katherine Hogan. That head start allowed Hogan and principal designer Vincent Petrarca to weave green features into the fabric of the building, rather than tack them on as options after the fact. READ MORE…

2011-06-15T19:04:04+00:00June 15th, 2011|0 Comments

DESIGNBOOM: "tonic design: art as shelter"

‘art as shelter’ by raleigh based tonic design is a pavilion constructed on the sculpture park
of the north carolina museum of art. designed and built as an integral part of the museum’s
‘art-in-service’ project, the structure provides a space to sit and reflect on the surrounding
wooded site… READ MORE…

2011-06-06T00:39:39+00:00June 6th, 2011|0 Comments

RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECT: "leading light – a new family home sets an example for its community".

May-June 2011

The GREENville House

by Bruce D. Snider
The design/build architects of Raleigh, N.C.–based Tonic Design are big on the synergies afforded by their way of producing buildings. Interweaving design and construction creates opportunities for improvisation, says principal designer Vincent Petrarca. “It’s like jazz.” The LEED for Homes–certified GREENville House in Greenville, N.C., demonstrates the power of such synergies, not only between design and construction, but also between modernism and sustainability.
The owners envisioned the house as an alternative model for their architecturally conservative community, Petrarca says. They favored modernist design, “and they had researched solar and geothermal from the beginning.” READ MORE…

2011-05-15T18:16:43+00:00May 15th, 2011|0 Comments

"Mind The Garden" — an award-winning possibility in Charleston

MindTheGardenCompositposted by Kim Weiss, Blueplate PR

Downtown Charleston isn’t exactly known for cutting-edge architecture,” wrote Robert Behre of the Charleston Post & Courier in November of 2010. “[This exhibition] provides a glimpse of what the city’s been missing out on.”

The exhibition he referenced was the result of an imaginary exercise called “The HuB Design Competition.” Sponsored by the Charleston chapter of Architecture For Humanity, the competition challenged designers to create a new 50,000-square-foot transit hub, to be built on the surface parking lot at Meeting and John streets next to the Charleston Visitor Center, with offices, retail, meeting, and green spaces and the ability to serve light rail, tourists, bus riders, and cyclists.

Sixty-six entries from six continents came in, and the winner was:

“Mind the Garden” by David Hill and Laura Garofalo of Tonic Design + Tonic Construction in Raleigh, NC. The prize: $1250.

The winning entry, from Tonic Design of Raleigh…would aim to create a vibrant city space not by making a monumental building — like most train stations of the past — but an urban garden that commuters and city dwellers could use,” wrote Behre when he announced the winners.

“Mind the Garden” is a vessel and stage that would sustain and enrich local culture. The bar building’s bays, at the ground level, would create market (retail) stalls for regional goods, such as Gullah baskets and farmers’ produce.

The designers took some of their cues from the historic Charleston Single Houses that offer compelling models for environmental sustainability, but their enclosed gardens privatize green space and do little to encourage public encounters. The “Mind the Garden” scheme would break down the garden-wall barriers to make pleasant, welcoming green space and provide a threshold to introduce local culture to Charleston’s visitors. Small pavilions for waiting, cafes, ticketing, and vending would occupy and invigorate the garden platform.

The green space functions simultaneously as a 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.

The winning entries were displayed in the windows of the former Millennium Music store in downtown Charleston.

The competition may have been imaginary, but as Steve Ramos, an architect with LS3P and Architecture for Humanity chapter leader, told Behre, “We want people in Charleston to see this stuff – and think about it.”

Architecture for Humanity is a nonprofit that searches for design solutions to humanitarian crises and that provides free design services to worthy causes. For more information, visit https://architectureforhumanity.org/




2011-01-06T15:49:01+00:00January 6th, 2011|0 Comments