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Tonic Design Honored with 11th AIA NC Award for Modern Addition to 1916 Home in Historic Cameron Park

Tonic Design Honored with 11th AIA NC Award for Modern Addition to 1916 Home in Historic Cameron Park

Tonic Design addition

Old meets new and leaves room for a backyard. Photo © Keith Isaacs

Tonic Design’s very modern addition to a red-brick, Georgian Revival-style house built in 1916 is the recipient of a 2018 Merit Award from the North Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA NC). This marks the 11th time Tonic Design’s partners/principals Katherine Hogan, AIA, and Vincent Petrarca have received an AIA NC design award.

The AIA NC Awards program recognizes architects regionally and nationally for exceptional design expertise. Each winning project must exceed benchmarks for outstanding architectural design, structural composition, and application of design theory.

Perforated staircase between the original house and the addition. Photo © Keith Isaacs

The solution responds to the intent of the old house, building upon its narrative of family, heritage, fine taste, and social grace. Simultaneously, it introduces an entirely new narrative that tells the story of a more open, relaxed lifestyle with 21st-century amenities and attention to energy efficiency. Both narratives are articulated through materiality (brick and steel), form (a historic foursquare box and a simple rectilinear appendage), and spatial relationships created through floorplan.

As a result, the residence has been reinvented into a home that embraces casual, modern living without having to sacrifice any of the charm and character of the historic house.

Tonic Design wrapped the 1500-square foot addition’s simple, rectilinear form in Corten® steel, lots of glass, and natural wood and kept the volume within the outer perimeters of the original house. By separating the spatial needs between two floors, the partners also provided the owners with a generous backyard despite the property’s compact size.

The 2018 AIA NC jury called Tonic Design’s solution “thoughtful.” They admired the slim, double-height space the partners slipped between old and new, which solved many potential problems and kept the back brick wall of the old house exposed inside. They appreciated the slim profile of the perforated metal staircase in the interstitial corridor that maintains the addition’s light-filled ambiance while adding easy access to the upper floor.

“We share this award with our inspirational clients and with all of the highly skilled professionals who made this challenging project a pleasure to complete,” said Petrarca.

For more information on the Hillcrest addition and Tonic Design, visit http://www.tonic-design.com/.

2018-11-05T15:24:51+00:00October 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Tonic Design Partner Appointed to Raleigh Appearance Commission

Tonic Design Partner Appointed to Raleigh Appearance Commission

KH_headshotThe Raleigh City Council has appointed architect Katherine Hogan, AIA (right), co-owner of Tonic Design, to the Raleigh Appearance Commission.

The City Council established The Appearance Commission in 1973 to provide guidance, advice, and recommendations regarding the visual quality and aesthetic characteristics of the City of Raleigh. The commission consists of 15 members, the majority of whom have special training or experience in architecture, landscape architecture, horticulture, city planning, or related design fields. Members serve for two years before they must be reappointed by the City Council.
The Appearance Commission also appoints standing committees for special design-related outreach and education efforts such as the Sir Walter Raleigh Awards, which recognize outstanding new contributions to the city’s character, environment, and appearance.

Hogan and her partner and co-owner at Tonic Design, Vincent Petrarca, have been the recipients of the Sir Walter Awards four times, most recently for renovating/renewing the building at 1700 Glenwood Avenue that now houses Form & Function, the building owners’ retail shop.

The Commission meets twice a month in the Council Chamber of the Raleigh Municipal Building. The meetings are open to the public.

For more information on the Raleigh Appearance Commission, go to www.raleighnc.gov.

For more information on Katherine Hogan, AIA, visit www.tonic-design.com.

2018-11-05T15:31:52+00:00November 27th, 2017|0 Comments

N&O: A New Model for Architecture

N&O: A New Model for Architecture

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1700 Glenwood

The News and Observer shares the advantages of an architect-led design-build. Read more. They feature 1700 Glenwood, a current tonic project:
1700 Glenwood, Tonic Design and Tonic Construction
A vintage 1965 midcentury modern landmark, 1700 Glenwood has benefitted from two renovations at the hands of Vinny Petrarca and Katherine Hogan. The first, in 2011, was a classic design-build for a new aesthetic and a reduction in solar gain. That meant energy-efficient glass, a sunscreen and a zinc skin – all for $180,000. “We were working backward from the dollar amount,” Petrarca says. “If we’d bid it out, it would have blown the budget, and the first thing they’d take out would be the sunscreen.” Today they’re working as architects on a new renovation there – with contractors Riley Lewis. And though it’s a traditional process, design-build prepped them for the job. “We’re working with them and talking to them like contractors,” Hogan says. “That’s why the project has gone smoothly, even though it’s fast-tracked.”

2018-11-05T16:01:29+00:00August 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Builder Magazine

Builder Magazine features tonic’s design of the contemporary kitchen in the Hawthorne Residence:



Sophisticated design touches balance a kid-friendly layout in this contemporary Raleigh home.

By Jennifer Goodman

This contemporary kitchen makes entertaining friends and family or even just cooking for the kids fun and easy. It was designed to allow the homeowners to prepare meals or socialize while keeping an eye on their children. The youngsters can play in the backyard just beyond the large sliding glass doors while mom and dad get dinner ready, hang out with friends, or do the dishes—all the while within sight of each other. 

Read the article on Builder.com.

2018-11-05T15:59:34+00:00January 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Raleigh Urban Design Center Presents Lecture by tonic design

Raleigh Urban Design Center Presents Lecture by tonic design


Multigenerational Living: The Resurgence of a Forgotten Housing Typology

When: Thursday, November 19, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: COR Museum, 220 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Speakers: Katherine Hogan, AIA & Vincent Petrarca of tonic design

During this UDC Talk, tonic design principals Katherine Hogan, AIA and Vincent Petrarca will speak about their practice, past projects in Raleigh, and research into alternative housing types and housing diversity within our city.

tonic’s work fuses together history and the present, representing an important typology of architecture today. The lecture is free and open to the public.

“We are passionate about good design and contributing to our city and are honored to have the opportunity to speak about our work and interest in the topic of multigenerational housing,” notes Hogan.

“As parents of young children, we believe that there is an architectural solution to not only pull resources and live economically, but also to enjoy the benefit and shared knowledge of three generations.”

About tonic design | tonic construction:

tonic design | tonic construction principals Katherine Hogan, AIA and Vincent Petrarca were named 2013’s “Rising Stars” by Residential Architect magazine. Their projects have been featured in many national publications, including Architectural Record, Residential Architect, Dwell, Custom Home, Inform magazine, and Metal Magazine. For more information visit www.tonic-design.com and follow tonic on Facebook

About Raleigh Urban Design:

The Raleigh Urban Design Center is a team of urban designers and planners who envision and design solutions that create a better built environment for the City of Raleigh. By engaging and leading the people of Raleigh in deliberate, targeted design discussions, we build consensus around innovative solutions that encourage all people to be active in shaping the physical form of their community.

*Landscape Architects may be approved for 1.5 credits through the NC Board of Landscape Architects for attending this lecture.

2018-11-05T15:59:03+00:00November 19th, 2015|0 Comments

Adaptive Re-Use Project By Tonic Design Receives AIA NC Award

Adaptive Re-Use Project By Tonic Design Receives AIA NC Award

For transforming an old masonry building into a light-filled space for working and living.

The "Live Work" home/studio near downtown Raleigh.

The “Live Work” home/studio near downtown Raleigh.

“Live Work,” the transformation of a derelict building into a 650-square-foot combination home and design studio by Tonic Design+ Tonic Construction in Raleigh received a Merit Award during the American Institute of Architects North Carolina Chapter’s 2014 Design and Chapter Awards Gala held in Charlotte this year.

Located on the edge of a mixed-use neighborhood (industrial and residential) near downtown Raleigh, the one-story masonry building was in dire disrepair. Rather than raze it, however, Tonic’s team decided to “recycle” it into studio space up front for the young firm and living quarters in back for the principals/married couple Vinny Petrarca and Katherine Hogan, AIA, and their one young daughter initially.

Petrarca and Hogan describe the design-build project as “an exercise in balance, reduction and efficiency…[linking] architectural practice, financial stability, and local community.” In just 13 weeks, including time to purchase the property and get all necessary permits, the firm and three summer interns from NC State University’s College of Design planned and renovated the living/working space, which includes a small walled garden that, in effect, doubles the living space and connects the indoors to the outdoors. To allow natural light to penetrate the interior, the designers raised the roof by 12 inches and installed a band of clerestory windows.

The living quarters originally combined bedroom/living room, dining room, and kitchen in one space. When a second daughter came along, the partners “borrowed” some space from the studio to create a separate bedroom. An abundance of built-in cabinets keeps the diminutive space organized and uncluttered.

“Live Work” was submitted to AIA NC’s new Residential Design category, which is intended to “recognize architects whose designs answer the unique requests of the clients and the diverse landscape of North Carolina,” according to the website.

The AIA NC honor marks the 26th design award this young firm has received. For more information on Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, visit www.tonic-design.com.
For more information on the 2014 AIA NC Design Awards, go to www.aiancawards.org.

2018-11-05T16:05:34+00:00October 27th, 2014|0 Comments

NEWS & OBSERVER: "Modest modern for simple living in Cameron Park"

NEWS & OBSERVER: “Modest modern for simple living in Cameron Park”

Contributed report by Kim Weiss

tonic design, Modernist house in Cameron Park

View from the living space at the front of the house all the way to the backyard.

“Modest Modern” — that’s what Abby Ross calls the new house in Raleigh’s Cameron Park neighborhood that she shares with her husband, Sean, and their children Noah, 7, and Chloe, 4.
Designed and built by Tonic Design + Tonic Construction of Raleigh, the Rosses’ one-story 1700sf house became a two-story 3400sf Modern house with clean lines, clear volumes, open multi-use spaces, and a strong connection between indoors and outdoors. Yet its size and siting (in line with its neighbors), and exterior materials (charcoal and gray concrete rain-screen panels with wood detailing), make this Modern house a quiet, friendly addition to Cameron Park’s established neighborhood west of downtown Raleigh…
Click on the links below to see the entire article:
N&O: Modest Modern
N&O: Modest Modern, page 2

2018-11-05T16:04:50+00:00October 20th, 2014|0 Comments

URBAN HOME: "Brought Back To Life"

URBAN HOME: “Brought Back To Life”

The Chiles residence in Raleigh.

The Chiles residence in Raleigh.By Anne Marie Ashley
August/September 2014 — Abandoned in the 1960s, this old steel-framed and woodpaneled home on a hilltop overlooking Crabtree Creek seemed unredeemable to everyone but the Chiles’. Through the kudzu covered walls and rotted, ivy-ridden wood they could see a pristine, modern home that would pay proper homage to the Mid-Century Modern structure it once was. It reminded them of Pierre Koenig’s homes in the California hills, they would say. The bones of the home were strong and their vision clear, and the couple began a year-long journey to build a living gallery full of art, light and open spaces.

The Chiles’ called on Tonic Design in Raleigh to help them reconstruct the home, knowing their design/build model would be ideal for this type of project. “The clients came to us wanting the most loft-like home and home-like loft,” says Vincent Petrarca, lead designer at Tonic. “They felt we could help them realize their dream of a modern home.” Having visited other significant architectural projects like Falling Water done by Frank Lloyd Wright and Villa Savoye outside of Paris designed by Le Corbusier, the Chiles’ recognized the details that they were drawn to and could use these as a reference point when designing the new home. READ MORE…

2018-11-07T03:04:32+00:00August 6th, 2014|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

CONTEMPORIST: "Chiles Residence by Tonic Design + Construction"

Tonic Design + Construction provided a contemporary re-design for a mid-century modern house in Raleigh, North Carolina, that was in terrible condition after being abandoned in the 1960s.
The modern 3500-square-foot house was designed and built for art collectors John and Molly Chiles. It was constructed on the bones of an old modern, steel-framed and wood-paneled house overlooking Crabtree Creek in Raleigh, NC, that was abandoned in the 1960s.The original house was in terrible shape: Its wood walls and floors, camouflaged by kudzu and ivy, had rotted. Yet the “bones” were still strong in concept, and the couple saw through the clutter. They were confidant that the neglected remains could form the basis for a dramatic new house that would pay homage to mid-20th century modern design. READ MORE…

2012-10-18T22:45:32+00:00October 18th, 2012|0 Comments

ARCHDAILY.com: "North Carolina Museum of Art Sculpture Park Pavilion / Tonic Design"

October 1, 2012

© Jim West

The pavilion is an outdoor classroom and component of the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Sculpture Park. The structure is wrapped in varying widths of horizontal, perforated metal bands, which offer experiences that change with the seasons, the light, and the vantage point of the viewer The pavilion’s metallic “skin” reflects its natural surroundings by taking on the colors of the grass and sky or, at times, completely disappearing into a moire pattern of light and shadow.
The team selected metal, both steel and aluminum, for three primary reasons. Structurally, steel allows the building to resist lateral forces through the use of moment connections, thus avoiding cross bracing and keeping the interior space as visually open as possible, Secondly, the perforated metallic skin, reflective, opaque and transparent, allows breezes to flow through the space while creating a composition of changing light and shadow. Finally, metal is a recycled content material and could one day be recycled and reused. READ MORE…

2012-10-02T17:34:57+00:00October 2nd, 2012|0 Comments

INFORM: "Clearly _ Here: Raleigh, NC"

Audio Buy redux

The 2012 Inform Awards jury recognized this project by Tonic Design for its object design excellence.
For the first 14 years of its life, what is now the Audio Buys Building stood as a symbol of the future in downtown Raleigh. The sleek Modern building, originally built in the mid-’60s, housed one of the most progressive drycleaners in the country. Displayed in the mostly glass façade was a collection of mechanized machinery designed to transport, clean, and press garments in North Carolina’s capital…READ MORE…

2012-05-21T19:16:46+00:00May 21st, 2012|0 Comments

NEWS & OBSERVER: "Modern Resurrection"

Chiles residence

By David Hill, guest columnist

John and Molly Chiles decided to build a new modern house in North Carolina, and they found just the place for it on the resurrected bones of an old modern house.
The Ohio couple explored the more traditional option of buying a home site and building from the ground up, but they soon became fascinated with the possibility of renovating an abandoned 1960s steel frame and wood panel house overlooking Crabtree Creek in Raleigh.
Renovation does not sufficiently describe the task that lay ahead for the Chileses and Tonic Design/Construction, a local design-build firm. The house’s wood walls and floors had rotted, and it was camouflaged by a tangle of kudzu and ivy.
Vincent Petrarca of Tonic admits that the house was in terrible shape, but “still strong in concept” and full of possibilities… READ MORE…
2007-09-29T20:15:33+00:00September 29th, 2007|0 Comments