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Tonic Design Raleigh NC

Rear elevation overlooking the forest. (Tzu Chen Photography)

Wrapped in vertical stripes of Corten® steel street-side, with vast expanses of floor-to-ceiling glass and cantilevered windows overlooking the forest behind it, a modern house sits quietly in the corner of a cul-de-sac in Durham.
Katherine Hogan, AIA, and Vinny Petrarca of Tonic Design in Raleigh are responsible for this creative two-story, 3800-square-foot, single-family structure that will, as the steel continues to weather, blend into the natural setting and never need painting. Their clients loved the concept since they wanted a low-maintenance house with a modest public presence.
The owners also wanted to maintain a direct visual connection to their beautiful wooded site. The abundant glazing fulfills that wish. READ MORE…

2018-11-05T15:26:37+00:00April 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Steel-Clad House in Duke Forest Receives 2018 AIA Triangle Honor Award

Steel-Clad House in Duke Forest Receives 2018 AIA Triangle Honor Award

Tonic Design Raleigh NC

Street-facing facade

Piedmont Retreat,” a modern, single-family home clad in Cor-Ton® steel, earned for Tonic Design of Raleigh, NC, one of only three Honor awards — and the only residential design among the three — in the 2018 AIA Triangle Design Awards. The awards were presented March 22 during a gala event at the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh.
Partners in life and practice, Katherine Hogan, AIA, and Vincent Petrarca have now received 10 AIA Triangle Design Awards for the practice. This is their third honor award.

Tonic Design Raleigh NC

Rear elevation overlooking the forest.

According to the partners, the clients wanted their new house to have a modest public presence and a direct connection to their property’s wooded landscape within its cul-de-sac neighborhood on the edge of Durham within Duke Forest. They also wanted a private, comfortable, low-maintenance house that would blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Minimal in form and materials, Piedmont Retreat’s steel exterior forms a protective barrier to the street and presents a humble profile to the neighborhood. This rugged, weathering skin will eventually find its final patina and blend into the landscape.

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Inside Tonic Design’s award-winning “Piedmont Retreat”

In contrast, the living spaces open to an array of shifting perspectival views within and throughout the house.
Alex Anmahian, AIA, founding partner of the internationally acclaimed firm AW in Cambridge, MA, served as chair of the all-Boston jury. Anmahian, who teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University GSD, announced the winners, noting that the jury admired Tonic Design’s “consistency of message” throughout the submission and the “restrained palette of materials and textures,” among other attributes.
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“We’re especially honored to have our work recognized by this year’s jury,” Hogan said, “all of whom are highly respected, practicing professors of architecture.”
Seven design awards were presented this year: three Honor and four Merit. Click here for more information on the 2018 AIA Triangle Design Awards. Click here for more information on Tonic Design.

2018-11-05T15:26:44+00:00March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

CUSTOM BUILDER: "Backstory: Playing Both Sides"

CUSTOM BUILDER: “Backstory: Playing Both Sides”

A creative duo’s partnership is driven by client needs, site specifics, and school schedules

By Stacey Freed

Masonry, glass, metal, concrete … these are the building materials that Vincent “Vinny” Petrarca and Katherine Hogan, AIA, owners of the firms Tonic Design and Tonic Construction, in Raleigh, N.C., favor. “These things last over time,” Hogan says. “For over 20 years, we’ve been watching as our projects age and evolve,” she adds. The couple believes it all comes down to detailing and materials. Petrarca and Hogan, whose work has won numerous awards, put great stock in the idea that every project they do is unique—with a “particular site, a client with a vision, a budget,” Petrarca says. READ MORE…
2018-11-05T15:33:39+00:00October 5th, 2017|0 Comments

“Rank Residence” Receives Merit AIA North Carolina Award

“Rank Residence” Receives Merit AIA North Carolina Award

t1102-Rank_2September 26, 2015 (Durham, NC) The Rank Residence or “House for a Rockstar,” received the 2015 Merit Award during the American Institute of Architects North Carolina Chapter Design and Chapter Awards Gala hosted at Durham’s 21c Hotel.

The residence, designed and constructed by Tonic and completed in 2012, was built with a modern-gothic feel and features unique, tall vertical spaces. The windows provide the desired privacy while playing on the idea of “arrow loop” windows, which once provided protection for archers inside gothic castles.

On the ground floor, the four-car garage provides room for his muscle cars and dragster. The eleven foot tall concrete entry stair provides access to the home’s main level and its triple height living space. The upper two levels contain bedrooms, a library, and a studio where the musician can write and record his music.
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The residence has also been recognized in Dwell Magazine and the News & Observer and was awarded the 2013 George Matsumoto First Prize as well as the 2013 AIA Triangle Merit Award.

2018-11-05T15:58:12+00:00September 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Tonic Design Awarded the George Matsumoto Prize for Fourth Time

Tonic Design Awarded the George Matsumoto Prize for Fourth Time

matsumto prize 2015July 23, 2015 (Raleigh, NC) – For the fourth year in a row, tonic design | tonic construction has taken top honors in the George Matsumoto Prize for Modernist residential design throughout North Carolina. The prize was sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses, a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design across the state from the  mid-century to today.

Partners Vincent Petrarca and Katherine Hogan, AIA, received second place in the “Jury Awards” category for the Crabill Modern residence they designed and built in Hillsborough, NC. The home is a reinterpretation of a two-story house, with spatial overlaps and plenty of open space and a minimal footprint.
This was Tonic’s fourth consecutive prize in the competition. Last year, the firm’s Smart-Stell Residence in Durham, NC received First Place in the Jury Awards category. In 2013, Tonic’s Rank Residence in Pittsboro, NC won First Place in the Jury Awards category. Also, the Walters Residence received Third Place in NCMH’s awards program.

About The George Matsumoto Prize
The George Matsumoto Prize for North Carolina Modernist residential architecture is a unique design competition featuring $6,000 in awards, a blue-ribbon jury of internationally known architects and designers, and online public voting.  NCMH created the Matsumoto Prize in 2012 honor of George Matsumoto FAIA, one of the founding faculty members of North Carolina State University’s School of Design who designed some of North Carolina’s most well-known and well-loved Modernist houses.  
The Matsumoto Prize is the only juried architecture competition in North Carolina that focuses exclusively on Modernist houses, provides financial awards, involves a national jury plus public voting, and connects to a major architectural archive.  The Prize meaningfully and powerfully engages the public with the architecture they love and showcases exceptional Modernist architects and designers in North Carolina.  The 2015 Prize was underwritten by Leland Little Auctions.

2018-11-05T15:57:34+00:00July 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

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

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

HOMEDSGN.com: "Crabill Modern by Tonic Design"

Raleigh-based studio Tonic Design has completed the Crabill Modern project, a two story contemporary home located in Hillsborough, North Carolina, USA.
The Crabills bought the five-acre property near Hillsborough, NC, with the intention of building a simple, modern home in a clearing amidst a lush forest. They wanted the house to disturb the natural environment as little as possible and accommodate local wildlife.
“Our clients asked us to design a unique live/work house that inspires creativity and provide interesting spatial overlaps,” said project architect Katherine Hogan, co-owner of Tonic Design and Tonic Construction. “They also wanted it to be constructed in a simple and cost-effective way.” SEE THE GALLERY & READ MORE…

2012-09-14T15:24:55+00:00September 14th, 2012|0 Comments

Tonic Wins Matsumoto Prize for Modernist Residential Design

Raleigh design/build firm lands one of only three jury awards.
August 15, 2012 (Raleigh, NC) – A house designed by Vinny Petrarca of the design/build firm Tonic Design + Tonic Construction in Raleigh received one of only three coveted Jury Awards during the inaugural George Matsumoto Prize for modernist residential design, sponsored by Triangle Modernist Houses.
Tonic’s “GREENville House,” the firm’s name for the home of Bobby and Kristi Walters of Greenville, NC, placed third in the competition, which was open to architects anywhere in the world as long as the house submitted was located in North Carolina.
The 4100-square-foot residence is composed of two primary design components — bars and panels — that act together in an environmentally sensitive structure. Narrow bars composed of private spaces branch out into the landscape to form courtyards, capture natural light, and maximize cross ventilation. The bars intersect to frame a central volume of double-height public space.
The central volume, open to the kitchen and dining space on the first floor and a balcony and loft above, aligns with views of the landscape.
The house’s structural system holds photovoltaic panels that provide the home’s energy and hot water. Perforated screens shading the opening to alleviate unnecessary heat gain. The house’s orientation on the site utilizes the maximum potential of the photovoltaic technology, decreasing the overall load on the geothermal HVAC system. A drip-irrigation system outside captures rainwater and stores it in an underground cistern. Materials include steel, masonry, glass, concrete, Western Red Cedar, and zinc siding.
An Energy Star house, the Walters’ home was the first modern residence in the state to achieve LEED Silver accreditation.
The jury, comprised solely of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, called the Walters’ house “a large and ambitious house with many materials and details. Well proportioned and vigorous, the house displays an uncommon passion for architecture. The materials and forms are stitched together like a beautiful quilt.”
The jury also applauded Tonic for the firm’s “courage and energy to both design and build this remarkable house.”
The other two Jury Award winners were John Reese, AIA, of Weinstein Freidlein Architects for the Banbury House in Raleigh, and Mike Rantilla, AIA, for his own home on Pictou Road, also in Raleigh.
The jurors for the inaugural Matsumoto Prize were: Frank Harmon, chairman; George Matsumoto (for whom the Prize was named), honorary chair; Marlon Blackwell; Larry Scarpa; David Jameson; and Tom Kundig. Public vote via an online voting site served as one seventh of the total.
Patrarca, a Professor of Practice at NC State University’s College of Design and co-owner Tonic Design + Tonic Construction with designer Katherine Hogan, received a $1000 cash prize and a glass trophy, both presented by Triangle Modernist Houses, a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving and promoting modernist residential design from the 1950s to today.
For more information on the George Matsumoto Prize, go to www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/prize.
For more information on Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, visit www.tonic-design.com.

2012-08-15T19:39:00+00:00August 15th, 2012|0 Comments

Modern Home, Natural Habitat: Hillsborough Couple's Property Receives National Certification

August 7, 2012 (Hillsborough, NC) — The National Wildlife Federation recently certified the John and Stacy Crabill property in Hillsborough, NC, as a natural habitat.
The Crabills bought the five-acre property in 2010 with the intention of building a simple, modern home in a clearing amidst a lush forest. They wanted the house to disturb the natural environment as little as possible.
To reflect the verdant surroundings, Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, a design/build firm in Raleigh, used simple, inexpensive materials and references to agricultural structures in a modern architecture composition. Recalling old farm sheds, the weathered COR-TEN® steel exterior, both solid and perforated, is “a constantly evolving element in the landscape,” said Tonic designer and co-owner Vinny Petrarca.
COR-TEN is a group of steel alloys developed to eliminate the need for painting.  The steel forms a stable rust-like appearance if exposed to the weather for several years.
“This is a house for a creative and passionate family to live and work in,” Petrarca noted. “It’s a house for a family that values design and that wanted something special.”
The Crabills also made it a priority to accommodate the natural wildlife.
“Our forest is special because of all the unique animals and plants that, together, make up a habitat,” wrote the Crabill’s young daughter, Madison, in her application for the natural habitat designation. “Since living here, we have seen animals and other wildlife that we have never seen before. We commonly see deer, lizards, frogs, raccoons, and other animals that all live on the same land that we call our home. We are always doing the best we can to create a habitat for the animals around us.”
To become an officially certified wildlife habitat, the Crabills had to prove that their land provides food sources, water sources, cover (a thicket, rock pile, bird houses), and places where wildlife can raise young (such as dense shrubs, nesting boxes, etc.).
“The wildlife in our forest occupy a different niche, and all together they make up a habitat in our forest,” Madison said. “The most important thing that I have learned from living here is that it is important to share land with the wildlife living all around us.”
For more information on the Crabills’ home, visit www.tonic -design.com, click on “projects” then on “Crabill Modern.”
For more information on the National Wildlife Federation and natural habitat certification, go to www.nwf.org.

2012-08-07T15:49:59+00:00August 7th, 2012|0 Comments