2010 AIA NC Merit Award
2012 AIA Triangle Honor Award
Construction: Tonic Construction
Architect: Tonic Design
Why We Build
We have tried, but we can’t stop building. Working with our hands or borrowing the hands of others has allowed us to see and learn in ways we could not by sitting at a desk. The insights and lessons of the jobsite transform us and our design work.
We believe that the act of making is fundamental to our design approach. In order to be innovative in our context we see architecture and construction as a seamless process. Working backwards is our methodology. We use construction as a filter and as a generator. We explore many alternative paths in the early design phases and then jump to job site thinking in order to visualize how something will be made and constructed( CA) How we are going to construct? What is the time frame and cost? Who are potential subcontractors? We then back feed this knowledge into the design. Materials and wall section are critical to any design; this is where we establish a tectonic language, explore materials and how they are assembled. Each proposed direction has an embedded DNA that comes from lessons learned in the field.