tonic design: crabill modern residence
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oct 24, 2012
tonic design: crabill modern residence

‘crabill modern’ by tonic design, hillsborough, north carolina
image © richard leo johnson
all images courtesy of tonic design

american firm tonic design has finished the ‘crabill modern,’ a residence in the middle of a clearing in the surrounding five-acre lush
forest property near hillsborough, north carolina. the family wanted a dwelling sensitive to the natural ecosystem, that encouraged
creativity and provided a comfortable and interesting space to live. taking cues from the barn shed typology, the contemporary
reinterpretation skews the floor plan, with perforated and solid corten panels fulfill the purpose of shading, screening and protecting
from the natural elements without the need for further maintenance.

the first floor contains the entry, kitchen, living room, music/studio space and two decks. the upper level has the private bedrooms
and a loft. oak flooring adds a warmth to the interior surfaces, filled with natural light from the surrounding woodland. the dwelling
was built for 155$ per square foot due to the design/build process and the availability of local materials. the national wildlife
federation has also certified the house as a natural habitat.

backside of the house, view from the forest
image © richard leo johnson

steel plates wrap the exterior
image © richard leo johnson

image © richard leo johnson

perforated metal panels shade from the sun
image © richard leo johnson

easy assembly cuts down on construction time and cost
image © richard leo johnson

interior living area
image © richard leo johnson

perforated metal panels lining the stairs
image © richard leo johnson

image © richard leo johnson

construction process
image © richard leo johnson

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1


evolution of the form

project info:

location: hillsborough, nc
clients: john and stacy crabill
designer: vinny petrarca, tonic design
builder: tonic construction
photos: richard leo johnson
structural engineer: richard kaydos-daniels
electrical engineer: adam carrington
framing: fernando lazano
roofing: ronald dean gipson
flooring: fisher hardwood flooring

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