Believe it or not but the Crabill Modern, the environmentally-friendly home whose design earned N.C. State architecture professor Vincent Petrarca the Faculty Design Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, was inspired by an acorn.
The family who commissioned the design was looking for a simple, functional, modern home that would complement their 6-acre wooded property in Hillsborough, NC. They selected Petrarca’s firm, Tonic Design, to come up with a unique blueprint that would combine creativity with comfort. Petrarca’s partner, Katherine Hogan, came up with the acorn concept – she was taken by the living green and the armored shell of a nut she found when inspecting the building site, and realized that it made the perfect metaphor for the type of environmentally-friendly home she and Petrarca hoped to create. [click to continue…]