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METAL ARCHITECTURE: "A Modern Retreat"

METAL ARCHITECTURE: “A Modern Retreat”

Corten steel helps residence blend into surroundings seamlessly.

By Marcy Marro Editor

Tonic Design

Photo: Tzu Chen Photography

Located in a wooded cul-de-sac neighborhood in Durham, N.C., this single-family residence, nicknamed Piedmont Retreat, is wrapped in vertical Corten steel panels facing the street, and vast expanses of floor-to-ceiling glass and cantilevered windows in the back that overlook the surrounding forest.

The owners reached out to Raleigh, N.C.-based Tonic Design and Tonic Construction to design and build the residence. “It’s a corner lot,” says Vincent Petrarca, co-owner, designer and contractor at Tonic Design, “so the house really had to respond to the two streets. And for us, trying to create a place that’s calm and a getaway, the idea of even a few streetlights at night on the corner, the house really had to turn its back on the street. So the house created this hard shell to that side of the property, and then it really opens up, like a geode, looking down the Piedmont ravine into the mature forest.” READ MORE…

2018-11-05T15:30:54+00:00December 12th, 2017|0 Comments

DESIGN & BUILD WITH METAL: "Architectural Zinc in Residential Applications: Why More Homes Will Include Zinc as a Duraable, Green Building Material"

June 2012Image
…In Greenville, North Carolina, the Walters Residence, a sleek, modern residence designed by Tonic Design + Build, is an excellent example of the use of architectural zinc in an eco-friendly, energy-saving home. Both the clients and the design team envisioned the house as a model of environmental sensitivity and materials selection was critical to their success. To that end, designer Vincent Petrarca, Associate AIA, specified 1500 square feet of VMZINC flat lock panel for the home’s double-height “public” space.
“The color, material qualities, and the system of interlocking panels created a detailed texture of surface and shadow on the exterior facade of the two-story public space of the house,” said Petrarca. “In order to meet the goals of the a LEED for Homes Silver project, we selected zinc as a key feature in the exterior composition of materials. Not only is it 100 percent recyclable, but it’s also durable and low maintenance with a lifespan of nearly 100 years. This was very appealing to the clients.” READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE

2012-06-14T23:55:18+00:00June 14th, 2012|0 Comments

METAL ARCHITECTURE: "2011 Chairman’s Awards"

11/1/2011
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…
…Residential

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