(July 10, 2012) — Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, a design/build firm in Raleigh, has entered three house in the inaugural George Matsumoto Prize for modernist residential design in North Carolina built since 2006.
This unique design competition is sponsored by Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH). One of the many things that make it unique is that the designers’ names aren’t concealed. (Most of the houses entered are already archived on Triangle Modernist Houses’ extensive online archive of residential designs throughout North Carolina.) Another is that the designers can be from anywhere but the houses entered must be in this state. The Matsumoto Prize also allows the public to cast its votes for favorite houses among those entered. A professional jury, chaired by Frank Harmon, FAIA, will also determine the winners with the public vote counting as an additional “judge.”
Following are Tonic’s entered houses and links to the TMH pages on which the public may cast its vote (one vote per email address)…

  1. The John & Stacy Crabil House (be sure to watch the video!) http://www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/vote-6
  2. The GREENville House (Bobby & Kristi Walters’ residence) http://www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/vote-13
  3. Bahama Modern http://www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/vote-16

The Prize is named for noted modernist architect George Matsumoto, who will serve as a honorary judge.
Public voting closed Sunday, July 22, at 5 p.m. The winners will be announced during an Awards Reception on August 2, 7 p.m., in the new AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design in downtown Raleigh.