June 25, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – Tonic Design | Tonic Construction with Mike Cindric are recipients of  a 2009 Inform Award of Merit for their Art As Shelter project. Two hundred and nine entries in interior design, landscape architecture, and object design from architects, interior designers, landscape architects, furniture designers, industrial designers, students, and faculty from all over the mid-atlantic region were evaluated according to four general questions: Is it an innovative solution to site or program? Does it demonstrate a high level of evident craftsmanship? Does it demonstrate a high level of conceptual rigor? Is it a unique intervention?
Designed and built specifically as an integral component of the North Carolina Museum of Art’s “art-in-service” initiative, “Art as Shelter” offers visitors a sheltered place to sit and reflect upon the museum sculpture park and public greenway. The pavilion can be viewed as an object in the landscape or experienced from within, framing views of the sculptures, trail and the adjacent prairie.
“It has an ephemeral quality as an object, but it also has a definite sense of space,” notes one juror. “Sometimes when you see a project, it just hits you — and this pavilion does that.”
Large interior clear spans promote the use as an open-air classroom, a beautiful indoor/outdoor setting for teaching about art and nature. Docent-led student groups utilize the space as a studio; where folding tables, folding stools, and art-making materials are stored in frosted-acrylic clad boxes that double as benches and night time illumination. The metallic “skin” of the pavilion reflects its natural surroundings by taking on the colors of the grass and sky, or at times completely disappearing into a moiré pattern of light and shadow.
Tonic Design and Tonic Construction have won several American Institute of Architect awards at the local, state and regional levels and have been featured in Dwell, Residential Architect, and Custom Home magazines. “Art as Shelter” has been featured in MetalMag Architecture and winner of an AIA award of merit and a Sir Walter Raleigh Award. For more information visit www.tonic-design.com.
Recently Tonic Construction has been named the preferred builder for the New American Home Development, which will feature the designs of 12 local architects. Information at: www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/nah.htm.