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DURHAM HERALD: "Rosenberg-Reeves Home Designed For How People Actually Live"

DURHAM HERALD: “Rosenberg-Reeves Home Designed For How People Actually Live”

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…

2018-11-07T03:12:12+00:00December 19th, 2013|0 Comments

DESIGNBLOOM: "tonic design cubed volume for remote rank residence"

DESIGNBLOOM: “tonic design cubed volume for remote rank residence”

Tonic Design + Tonic Construction

The Rank Residence

located on the edge of a forest and deeply rooted into the property, the ‘rank residence’ by american firm tonic design offers a high level of privacy within its vertical structure. designed for recording artist michael rank, the black and white house in north carolina is reminiscent of piano keys with narrow windows placed to suggest notes on the staffs of sheet music. the 3200-square-foot cubic volume consists of four levels, with a 1100-square-foot four-car garage beneath to hold the owner’s ‘muscle’ cars. the main living space is expressed on the exterior by painted concrete panels, while the upper two levels are clad in factory-finished, black standing-seam metal roofing material. READ MORE…

2018-11-07T03:13:05+00:00November 2nd, 2013|0 Comments

Residential Architect Magazine Names Raleigh Firm 2013’s "Rising Star"

Residential Architect Magazine Names Raleigh Firm 2013’s “Rising Star”

Vinny Petrarca and Katherine Hogan receive one of the national journal’s VP, KH_sm.jpbannual Leadership Awards.

 

October 17, 2013 (Raleigh, NC) – Last weekend, Residential Architect Magazine presented home designers Vinny Petrarca and Katherine Hogan, partners in the Raleigh-based firm Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, with its 2013 Rising Star Leadership Award. The presentation took place during a luncheon held at the Wyndham Hotel in San Francisco, CA, as part of the annual Reinvention Symposium sponsored by Residential Architect’s publisher, Hanley Wood.

Since Tonic was founded in 2003, the design-build firm has completed a steady stream of private residences, many of which have received design awards from the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) South Atlantic Region, AIA North Carolina, AIA Triangle, and other design awards programs.

In 2006, Tonic’s dramatic rehabilitation/renovation of a mid-century house in Raleigh, the Chiles Residence, made the final list for World Architecture News’ “House of the Year.”

In 2005, a kitchen design-build project received a Merit Award from Custom Homes magazine.

In 2008, the Chiles Residence received a Custom Homes Merit Award. In 2009 the same project received one of Raleigh, NC’s Sir Walter Raleigh Appearance Commission awards.

In 2010, a house Tonic designed and built for a family in Greenville, NC, received AIA North Carolina’s Gail Lindsey Award for sustainability.

And this year, the “Modern Gothic” house Tonic designed and built in Pittsboro, NC, for a local recording artist received First Prize in the George Matsumoto Prize competition sponsored by NC Modernist Houses (www.ncmodernist.org).

Tonic Design + Tonic Construction has also received high honors for non-residential work. The shelter structure the firm designed and built for the North Carolina’s Museum of Art’s Sculpture Garden, entitled “Art as Shelter,” has received five design awards, including the national AIA’s 2010 Small Project Award for “Architecture in the Public Interest.”

In the article on this year’s Rising Star Award, contributor Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson points out that “Petrarca, 41, and Hogan, 32, don’t bring a signature sensibility to their work. Each residence presents an entirely distinctive vision, which, it turns out, is the connective tissue of Tonic….What threads through every Tonic project is a reverence for material, a respect for the site and the budget, and what Hogan calls a ‘modern sensitivity.’”

Residential Architect has also published Tonic’s private residences on several occasions. And when the magazine launched a new video series that explores the importance of residential design and the value architects bring to the housing industry, the editors included an interview with Hogan and Petrarca.

Rising Star is one of three Leadership Awards the magazine presents each year along with its annual Design Awards. The Reinvention Symposium is the only high-level national conference devoted exclusively to the residential design professional. For more information on the magazine, go to www.residentialarchitect.com.

For more information on Tonic Design + Tonic Construction visit www.tonic-design.com.

 

2018-11-07T03:13:55+00:00October 18th, 2013|0 Comments

DWELL: "A Gothic Inspired Modern Home"

DWELL: “A Gothic Inspired Modern Home”

By Diana Buddsrank-residence-exterior-rectangle
Modernism’s crisp lines and ornament-free surfaces bear little resemblance to Gothic architecture’s gingerbread house–like flourishes. But in the North Carolina residence belonging to a musician and his son, Medieval structures informed the contemporary design. Michael Rank approached Raleigh-based firm Tonic to create a house that emphasized his love of tall, vertical spaces and staircases. A professional musician, Rank also requested space for a recording studio. Privacy was paramount as was room for his collection of art and muscle cars. Tonic took all the requirements and delivered a thoughtfully planned two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath house at about $200 per square foot. READ MORE…

2018-11-07T03:14:21+00:00October 16th, 2013|0 Comments

RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECT, 2013 LEADERSHIP AWARDS: "Rising Star: Tonic Design | Tonic Construction"

RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECT, 2013 LEADERSHIP AWARDS: “Rising Star: Tonic Design | Tonic Construction”

Vincent Petrarca and Katherine Hogan don’t have a singular style, but they do have a distinctive vision.

By Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson

Katherine Hogan and Vincent Petrarca of Tonic Design | Tonic Construction, in their Raleigh, N.C., studio. (Photo by Ian Allen)

Katherine Hogan and Vincent Petrarca of Tonic Design | Tonic Construction, in their Raleigh, N.C., studio.
(Photo by Ian Allen)

Look through the portfolio of houses designed and built by the Raleigh, N.C.–based Tonic Design | Tonic Construction. While the architecture is decidedly modern in inspiration, zeroing in on a singular style isn’t easy. In the Rank Residence, completed last year, a dramatic, Gothic-inspired four-story home uses slender windows and a dizzying stair design to play off vertical space. The Smart-Stell Residence, by contrast, is a quieter, one-story, horizontal home with vast expanses of glass. Each residence presents an entirely distinctive vision, which, it turns out, is the connective tissue of Tonic.
“Look at two of our houses and they couldn’t be more different,” says Vincent Petrarca, Assoc. AIA, who co-founded Tonic a decade ago and now runs the firm with his wife and partner, Katherine Hogan, Assoc. AIA. “We are good at figuring out what each project is about and not making it about us.”
This doesn’t mean, of course, that Petrarca, 41, and Hogan, 32, don’t bring a signature sensibility to their work. What threads through every Tonic project is a reverence for material, a respect for the site and the budget, and what Hogan calls a “modern sensitivity.”
“We try to be really good listeners with our clients,” Hogan says, “and we try to involve them while also providing good design and remaining sensitive to the context.” READ MORE…

2018-11-07T03:14:53+00:00October 14th, 2013|0 Comments

CHEVROLET.com – DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY: "With its sleek design and modernist appeal, the 2014 Impala is your dream car. How about a home to match?"

CHEVROLET.com – DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY: “With its sleek design and modernist appeal, the 2014 Impala is your dream car. How about a home to match?”

By Greg BarberaChevrolet Logo

You love your 2014 Impala. You love its sleek, sculpted lines and the smooth ride it offers courtesy of its eye-pleasing aerodynamic design. You love the masterful craftsmanship that has resulted in your rewarding driving experience. So what’s the problem? You really want the right place to park it—specifically, a home that matches your design sensibility and your Impala’s striking appearance and head-turning profile. Here’s a quick tour of stylish, modernist residences that might fit the bill.

This may come as a surprise to some people, but the Triangle area of North Carolina—which includes Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill—has the third largest concentration of modernist homes in the country. Only Los Angeles and Chicago have more. These are not just homesteads; like your vehicle, they’re pieces of art. Raleigh’s Tonic Design recently built a house for local musician Michael Rank that turns the heads of passersby… READ MORE…

2018-11-07T03:15:19+00:00October 7th, 2013|0 Comments

NEWS & OBSERVER: "AIA Triangle tour of homes takes place Oct. 5"

 NEWS & OBSERVER: “AIA Triangle tour of homes takes place Oct. 5”

Home & Garden – Living

Five Triangle-area homes displaying outstanding design features will be open to the public Saturday during the American Institute of Architects annual tour. Pictured here: the Lanning house by Tonic Design + Tonic Construction

Five Triangle-area homes displaying outstanding design features will be open to the public Saturday during the American Institute of Architects annual tour. Pictured here: the Lanning house by Tonic Design + Tonic Construction

Five Triangle-area homes displaying outstanding design features will be open to the public Saturday during the American Institute of Architects annual tour.
Four of the homes were chosen by a jury of architects based on criteria such as overall design, quality, ability to meet client needs, harmony with the site, and other factors. The fifth home is a 1957 award-winning design by James Murray Webb, formerly a member of the UNC-Chapel Hill City and Regional Planning School.
The homes will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost for the tour is $15 online through noon Saturday; $20 at the open home locations in Cary, Raleigh and Chapel Hill.
The self-guided tour is sponsored by the 750-member Triangle Section of the American Institute of Architects.
For details and a tour map, visit aiatriangletour.com.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/10/04/3250228/aia-triangle-tour-of-homes-takes.html#storylink=cpy
2018-11-07T03:15:44+00:00October 5th, 2013|0 Comments

Houzz.com: "Explore The Art of Light and Dark In Design"

Houzz.com: “Explore The Art of Light and Dark In Design”

By Jen Dalley, Houzz Contributor and architect

2018-11-07T03:16:23+00:00September 7th, 2013|0 Comments

NEWS & OBSERVER: "NC Modernist Houses contest gives awards for outstanding new designs"

 Michael Rank's 3,200-square-foot modern gothic home recently received a Design Award from the Triangle chapter of the American Institute of Architects and is the top winner in the George Matsumoto Prize competition. COURTESY OF RAYMOND GOODMAN


Michael Rank’s 3,200-square-foot modern gothic home recently received a Design Award from the Triangle chapter of the American Institute of Architects and is the top winner in the George Matsumoto Prize competition.
COURTESY OF RAYMOND GOODMAN

 

If the term “modern architecture” brings to mind a stark style best suited to urban landscapes, you may do a double take when looking over this year’s George Matsumoto Prize winners.
The six new homes recently honored by the N.C. Modernist Houses contest range from a rustic mountain cabin to a coastal villa that sits lightly at the water’s edge as if poised to flit away. Yet what connects this diverse collection of homes are the staples of modernist architecture: functional form and a design that reflects each home’s location.
George Smart, founder of the nonprofit N.C. Modernist Houses (formerly known as Triangle Modernist Houses), says another common thread among the award winners was an emphasis on energy conservation.
“Sustainability and energy efficiency – those are very important qualities,” Smart said. “People want to have that option.” READ MORE…

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/08/16/3109769/nc-modernist-houses-contest-gives.html#storylink=cpy
2018-11-07T03:16:48+00:00August 19th, 2013|0 Comments

Tonic Design Takes Top Prize In Modernist Residential Design Competition

Tonic Design Takes Top Prize In Modernist Residential Design Competition

Raleigh design-build firm lands Jury’s and People’s Choice category

The Rank House received First Prize in the Jury Awards and Third Place in the People's Choice category. Photo courtesy of Raymond Goodman

The Rank House received First Prize in the Jury Awards and Third Place in the People’s Choice category. Photo
courtesy of Raymond Goodman

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August 7, 2013 (Raleigh, NC) – The unusual “Modern Gothic” house designed and built by Tonic Design + Tonic Construction received the coveted First Prize in the professional Jury Awards category and Third Prize in the People’s Choice category during the second annual George Matsumoto Prize for modernist home design in North Carolina. The competition is sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses (formerly Triangle Modernist Houses).
The award-winning project is the new Rank Residence, the home of local music legend and recording artist Michael Rank and his young son. Featured recently in the Raleigh News & Observer, the flat-roofed, four-story, 3200-square-foot house satisfies the homeowner’s fascination with tall vertical spaces and staircases. The exterior is comprised of concrete and black standing-seam metal siding. Narrow vertical windows, placed within the metal seams, recall notes in sheet music, add to the house’s verticality while allowing for fast, affordable construction.
On the ground floor, a four-car garage provides room for Rank’s muscle cars and dragster. An eleven-foot-tall concrete entry staircase leads up to the home’s main level and triple-height main living space. Overhead, a network of black metal stairs and ramps lead to the rooms on the upper levels, including bedrooms, baths, a library, and a studio where the musician can write and record his music. As a design-build firm, Tonic served as both home designer and general contractor.

The jury liked stairs as the connecting factor between the house's volumes. Photo by Raymond Goodman

The jury liked stairs as the connecting factor between the house’s volumes. Photo by Raymond Goodman

“The jury liked the use of the stair as an ordering element because it formed the connective tissue of the design,” reported jury chairman Frank Harmon, FAIA, during the awards presentations held recently in the AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design in Raleigh. “They thought the interior spatial clarity was compelling. They admired the designers’ creative response to the program for a father-son dwelling, and for the homage paid to the client’s music.”

Tonic’s co-owners Vinny Petrarca and Katherine Hogan received the $3000 cash prize for First Place in the Jury category, presented by North Carolina Modernist Houses, a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting modernist residential design in North Carolina.

For more information on Tonic Design + Tonic Construction and the Rank Residence, visit www.tonic-design.com.

 

2018-11-07T03:17:06+00:00August 7th, 2013|0 Comments

ARQUITECTURA + ACERO: "Vivienda Unifamiliar – Smart-Stell House"

ARQUITECTURA + ACERO: “Vivienda Unifamiliar – Smart-Stell House”

(NOTE: Arquitectura + Acero is published in Chile so the article is in Spanish)
Esta casa se instala en un barrio bastante convencional al que no quiere ofender con su propuesta 352x246-images-stories-proyectos-SMARTsTELLhOUSE-Smart_3_Rear_Exterior_Daysimple pero claramente diferenciada de las construcciones vecinas. Para ello recurre a dos operaciones básicas: alejarse y cerrarse hacia la calle y abrirse al lago y el paisaje. La orientación sur oriente (recordar que la casa está en el hemisferio norte), las pendientes naturales del terreno y las vistas sobre el lago son favorables a esta decisión. Esta orientación también favorece la estrategia de eficiencia energética que es condición incorporada en el diseño. Una terraza con amplias celosías de madera controla las ganancias solares en verano y asegura un eficiente asoleamiento en invierno del volumen que alberga los recintos principales. READ MORE…

2018-11-07T03:17:36+00:00July 17th, 2013|0 Comments

TRIANGLE BUSINESS JOURNAL: "Vinny Petrarca | People"

TRIANGLE BUSINESS JOURNAL: “Vinny Petrarca | People”

  • Vinny Petrarca, Tonic Design + Tonic Construction

    Vinny Petrarca, Tonic Design + Tonic Construction. © Allen Weiss

    Date added:  May 31, 2013

  • Submission Type:  Professional Recognition
  • Current employer:  Tonic Design + Tonic Construction
  • Current title/position:  principal
  • Reason for being recognized:  Award-winning designer Vinny Petrarca has been selected to serve as a juror for the 2013 Builder’s Choice and Custom Home Design Awards, a national competition… VIEW POST
  • 2018-11-07T03:21:53+00:00June 3rd, 2013|0 Comments

    Raleigh Designer Vinny Petrarca To Serve On National Awards Jury

    Raleigh Designer Vinny Petrarca To Serve On National Awards Jury

    Tonic Design + Tonic Construction principal will help select the 2013

    Vinny Petrarca, Tonic Design + Tonic Construction

    Vinny Petrarca, Tonic Design + Tonic Construction

    Builder’s Choice and Custom Home Design awards winners.
    Award-winning designer Vinny Petrarca, a principal in the design/build firm Tonic Design + Tonic Construction in Raleigh, has been selected to serve as a juror for the 2013 Builder’s Choice and Custom Home Design Awards, a national competition sponsored by Custom Homes and Builder magazines, both Hanley Wood LLC publications.
    In her invitation to participate on the jury, Shelley Hutchins, senior editor for both Builder and Custom Home magazines, noted Petrarca’s “expertise in design and sustainability.”

    Petrarca and his firm have been recipients of Custom Home Design Awards twice: in 2005 for Tonic’s McCowan Kitchen project and in 2008 for the Chiles Residence.
    “It is such an honor to be invited to serve as a juror for this national competition,” Petrarca said. “I’m also looking forward to being able to see some of the finest work by some of the finest architects and designers across the country.”
    This year, the Hanley Wood awards program combines formerly separate programs – Custom Home Design Awards, Builder’s Choice awards, and the EcoHome awards — into one competition.
    According to Hutchins, the new program received 600 entries this year, so judging will take place over two days, June 17-18, in the Hanley Wood offices at One Thomas Circle in downtown Washington, D.C.

    The judging is blind and based on the architectural merit of the entries. The jury will make its selections independent of the Builder and Custom Home editorial staff, and will select Grand and Merit award winners in 27 categories of residential design and planning. The jury will also select a Best Project of the Year from among the Grand award-winning built entries.

    The winning entries will be featured in the Fall 2013 issue of Custom Home and the October 2013 issue of Builder. (To see the winners from last year’s Custom Home competition: http://www.customhomeonline.com/houses/award-winning/custom-home-design-awards.aspx.)

    Along with Petrarca, the 2013 jury will include: George Fritz of Horizon Builders; Steve James of DTJ Design; Rene Oehlerking of Garbett Homes; Michael Pyatok of  Pyatok Architects; and Teresa Rosano of Ibarra Rosano Design Architects.

    Tonic Design + Tonic Construction has received 26 design awards from 2005 to today. For more information visit www.tonic-design.com.

    2018-11-07T03:22:16+00:00May 31st, 2013|0 Comments

    CARY MAGAZINE: "Dream Homes"

    By Emily Uhland
    The Modern Getaway, Bahama, NC
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    Spacious open interiors, lack of ornamentation, expansive windows and inventive architecture are all characteristics of Modernist homes, and all are represented in this custom home designed and built by Raleigh’s Tonic Design and Construction. “The space between the structures — we thought about that just as much as we thought about the actual building,” said designer Katherine Hogan. READ MORE & VIEW THE GALLERY…

     

    2013-05-29T17:51:04+00:00May 29th, 2013|2 Comments

    GREEN BUILDING & DESIGN: "Architect To Watch – Katherine Hogan"

    Interview by Erin Brereton

    partner in the design-build firm Tonic Design + Tonic Construction

    Katherine Hogan

    Katherine Hogan spent the first few years of her career at a nonprofit that provided design services to small, low-income rural communities. In 2008, she joined Raleigh, North Carolina-based Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, which recently received a Small Projects Practitioners award from the AIA for its pavilion at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Hogan, an associate AIA member and a LEED AP, is a partner at Tonic, alongside firm founder Vincent Petrarca. She spoke to gb&d about the benefits of being a builder and how she plans to keep pushing the industry forward.

    gb&d: How did your early work in your career help prepare you for your position at Tonic?

    Katherine Hogan: I worked for Will Bruder + Partners in Phoenix for a summer and got to go back full-time when I first graduated, which was a very wonderful experience. One of his descriptors of his work is that he always tries to find the extraordinary in the ordinary—to look at a material and try to use it differently and to examine space and context, which were all really good messages. I did a fellowship after that, where I worked in year increments on particular projects. A lot of the work was to further socially conscious design. I’ve done some really interesting projects and got to understand the client as not just someone who comes to you with a significant amount of money—the client is any person who needs a building.

    gb&d: You’ve been with Tonic Design since 2008. How did you come to specialize in residential and small-scale commercial projects? READ MORE…

     

     
     

    2013-05-08T03:18:07+00:00May 8th, 2013|0 Comments

    NEWS & OBSERVER: "In tune with gothic: Local rock musician's house sings with height & drama"

     Michael Rank's 3,200-square-foot modern gothic home recently received a Design Award from the Triangle chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Photo courtesy of Raymond Goodman


    Michael Rank’s 3,200-square-foot modern gothic home recently received a Design Award from the Triangle chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Photo
    courtesy of Raymond Goodman


     

    On the cover of his latest album, singer-songwriter Michael Rank walks down a dramatic concrete staircase that appears to lead endlessly upward behind him.
    But that staircase does end eventually – right at his front door.
    The stairs, the front door and even Rank himself are striking elements of a 3,200-square-foot modern gothic home that at once contrasts and complements the rolling, wooded land on which it is situated outside Pittsboro. The home recently received a Design Award from the Triangle chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and it is expected to be part of a tour later this year hosted by the Triangle Modernist Houses group. READ MORE…
    2013-04-29T15:11:11+00:00April 29th, 2013|0 Comments

    ARCHITIZER: "GREENville House (Walters Residence)"

    A project by Tonic Design | Tonic Construction

    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…

    2013-04-19T19:47:14+00:00April 19th, 2013|0 Comments

    ARQUITECTURA+ACERO: "Art as Shelter"

    (Note: Arquitectura is a Chilean architecture magazine. The content is in Spanish.)

    by F. PfennigerImage

    Ya el título del proyecto (Arte como Refugio) es sugerente. Se trata de un pabellón de uso diverso y múltiple (sala de clases, salón de observación y reflexión, objeto, escultura) dispuesto en un prado asociado al parque de esculturas del Museo de Arte de Carolina del Norte, específicamente en el programa de parques de arte o ‘arte en servicio’. Concebido como un espacio cubierto pero abierto (un refugio) el volumen indaga en tres cuestiones fundamentales: el repliegue y despliegue de los bordes y límites del espacio construido, la transparencia y permeabilidad de dichos bordes y el efecto del entorno sobre el volumen resultante, especialmente de la luz y del aire. Transparencias, sombras, reflejos, brillos se van alternando según las horas y las estaciones destacando la nervadura de la estructura que lo sostiene. READ MORE…

     

    2013-04-10T18:07:11+00:00April 10th, 2013|0 Comments

    INHABITAT.com: "Tonic Design's Energy-Efficient Smart-Stell Opens Up To The Outdoors In North Carolina"

    Smart-Stell-House-tonic-design-537x395By Ana Lisa Alperovich
    The Smart-Stell House is an energy-efficient North Carolina home made from standard off-the-shelf materials. Created by Tonic Design, the residence features a discreet facade that opens up in the back to a beautiful park, trees and a private lake.
    Smart-Stell House is a one-story horizontal house that likes to keep its privacy from the outside world featuring a band of clerestory windows on the top. Envisioned as a “home and vacation home” at the same time, it opens up to the back welcoming nature in.

    2013-02-24T18:27:29+00:00February 24th, 2013|0 Comments

    CARAGREEN: "Musician Soars, ECOfusion Floors"

    By Carrie Moorerank
    After winding down a long, pastoral, gravel road in Pittsboro, NC, we arrived at the soaring modern home of musician, Michael Rank. At four floors, it’s the tallest house ever created by Tonic Design, the architect and builder. Its black aluminum and gray cement exterior cut through the country landscape and sky. Ranks’ favorite “colors” – black, gray, and white – canvas the exterior and interior.
    Rank, who just released a new album, “In The Weeds”, with his band, Stag, also just completed construction on his new modern home, and used ECOfusion Color Fusion strand woven bamboo flooring from CaraGreen throughout. The ECOfusion bamboo flooring is a dark gray grounding color, called Morning Mist, with subtle flecks of blue and brown. The effect is created when ECOfusion uses its thru-color technology to dye the bamboo strands using pure plant-based pigments. READ MORE…

    2013-02-22T16:03:01+00:00February 22nd, 2013|0 Comments

    ARCH DAILY: "Smart-Stell Residence / Tonic Design + Tonic Construction"

    50ef1416b3fc4b53ef000027_smart-stell-residence-tonic-design-tonic-construction_smart_3_rear_exterior_day-528x369The clients wanted a new house but not a new neighborhood. On one of their daily walks they found a 40-year-old structure for sale. The house, beyond repair, occupied a promising lot with a southeast exposure to a small lake. This gave the couple the idea to build their “home and vacation home at the same time, they said.
    The design of the new house addresses two key site relationships: (1) the existing neighborhood and its contextual scale, and (2) the landscape of the lake. From the street, the new one-story house’s form is low, quiet, and horizontal, with the only real opening towards the street at the main entrance porch. Because this house would be a dramatic departure from the typical houses in the neighborhood, we sitedit deeplyinto the property. READ MORE…

    2013-01-11T20:46:56+00:00January 11th, 2013|0 Comments

    METALMAG: "Metal Framing and Panels Provide nearly Transparent Shelter"

    By Krista Hovis

    Lowe's Park Pavilion at the NC Museum of Art

    Lowe’s Park Pavilion at the NC Museum of Art


    While many art museums have lawn sculptures to draw visitors in, the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh has taken the concept a step further. Within the museum’s 164-acre (66-hectare) park, the sculptures are more than just works of art; they serve functional purposes, as well. Designed by artists, the pieces are integrated into the infrastructure of the park and serve as seating, footbridges, gateways and, most recently, a shelter.
    As visitors to the park walk along the museum trail, they come upon a stand of trees and a structure in which to rest and look out on a prairie. The 750-square-foot (70-m2) Lowe’s Park Pavilion, made possible in part through a grant from the North Wilkesboro, N.C.-based Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, is a work of art that provides shelter while blending with the surrounding landscape. Artist and exhibit developer Mike Cindric of Raleigh- based Design Dimension teamed up with Vincent Petrarca, a partner in the Raleigh- based architectural firm Tonic Design, to create an open and inclusive design process to achieve these goals. READ MORE…

    2013-01-08T21:02:24+00:00January 8th, 2013|0 Comments