What Makes a Place Meaningful?

What Makes a Place Meaningful?

Photos provided by TONO Group

Maybe your answer consists of material objects (artwork or collections), physical beings (people or pets), or intangible thoughts (memories or shared experiences). No matter what place you inhabit, architecture can strengthen the relationships between those objects, people, and experiences—and perhaps make them more meaningful. The better connected we are to the places we live, work, and play, the happier we are—and when that place attachment is accomplished on a larger scale, we live better lives and entire communities can thrive.

“We really had a mission to do architecture a little differently,” says Managing Principal and Owner, D. Hunter Johnson, AIA. “Architecture is unique. It’s truly a singular endeavor. It’s not just about providing shelter or mere utility, but ultimately it needs to be a place that is very specific, sovereign, and utterly autonomous—therefore TONO.” We believe we’re free to transcend perceived limitations and design places that enhance our quality of life.

Comprised of a family of companies, TONO Group includes RELO Real Estate, RETRO Development, TONO Architects, PROTO Construction, and Interiors by DECO. Through adaptive real estate, smart development, thoughtful architecture, sustainable construction, and careful interior design, TONO Group has the ability to increase well-being and physically shape the built environment, undeniably contributing to the identities of people, places, and cultural histories.

RELO Real Estate

RELO comes from the word relocate. It buys, sells, and creates intimate and expansive spaces, emphasizing the lifecycle of people and place with a unique ability to adapt your utility to your personal or professional needs as your priorities change. Aside from connecting others to TONO Group’s family of companies, RELO imagines the possibilities of what any place can become— a resource for those who want to Dwell in Possibility.

Private Residence // Lower Nazareth, PA // 2018 // TONO, PROTO, DECO

RETRO Development

RETRO comes from the word retrofit. It self-develops those places and spaces within the fabric of a city where holes in the landscape exist because of neglect, decay, blight, or a devaluing process. RETRO rehabilitates existing infrastructure—thereby becoming a living, transformative example of smart growth and sustainability. As self-developers, our goal is to invest in the long-termsuccess of a community and take personal responsibility for the places we create. At RETRO, we aspire to reimagine the forgotten, the abandoned, and the less flashy in exchange for renewed purpose and a greater good.

TONO Architects

TONO Architects understands that every project possesses something intrinsically unique—tangible or intangible, visible or invisible. We notice the details and give our attention to the intricacies. Our goal is singular, purposeful, and sovereign. At TONO, we manifest meaning through the material world.

Private Residence // Lancaster, PA // 2017 // TONO

PROTO Construction

PROTO comes from the word prototype. PROTO Construction Management constructs a highly-specific, one-of-a-kind place for the autonomous individual. Our services include preconstruction, general contracting, designbuild, and construction management. We are the model for the collaborative, seamless process—laying the framework in an efficient and integrated way. Our goal is to complete the architectural vision with the most accuracy, value, and control. At PROTO, we model a seamless design-build process and adapt to the ever-changing landscape of the built world.

Interiors by DECO

DECO comes from the word décor. Interiors by DECO is spun from the interior design talents of TONO Architects. We add all the finishing touches to enhance the senses and the aesthetic—coordinating finishes, fabrics, flooring, and so much more. Our procurement services are available for corporate, institutional, hospitality, and residential clients. At DECO, we create harmony that invites comfort, discovery, and exploration of your space down to the last detail.

Private Residence // Lancaster, PA // 2016 // TONO, PROTO, DECO

“Our intent is not just to make meaningful places that elevate the soul, but that have spatial and spiritual awareness. We also want to make a better investment and consider the possibilities—to build with intention and sustainability in mind,” Johnson summarizes.

Architecture is the most powerful representation of self—a physical extension of your identity. It provides physical, enduring form to our purpose and makes present our sense of place. We’re not limited by what we see, but rather, we’re inspired by what we can create together. Whether your identity is where you are or who you are, we all recognize the importance of place. At TONO Group, we understand how a strong sense of place can influence the physical, social, emotional, and ecological health of individuals and communities. Our goal is to create a meaningful place for you.