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Curly shingles: Jason Payne's new shingle style

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

The 21st century is about smooth, clean surfaces. Sleek and perfect, these surfaces inspire boredom in designer Jason Payne. So, when he got a project to re-design a one-room schoolhouse into a residence in Utah, Payne turned that opportunity into an exploration of texture, which he presented in part at SCI-Arc (and I wrote about for Core77.)

Entitled "Rawhide: A New Shingle Style," Payne turned the safe (even staid?) connotations of shingle into something visually engaging. He's planning to install shingles the wrong way on one side of a bilaterally symmetric home. The public-facing side of the house though will remain as austere as possible, which means this home will be a lovely secret only for those in the know.

A real flower with curling petals. Flickr/CC BYLily Zhu

Within a few years, the shingles will start to curl (in the same delightful way gift-wrapping ribbons or flower petals do), adding an unusual texture to the home, much like a bear's hide, says Payne.

I've always loved gentle curling shapes, so I had to check the exhibition out for myself.

Curled shingles up close.

Payne only reproduced a portion of the home for the exhibition.

This was the original model of the whole planned renovation on the Utah home. Payne also planned the curve in the home to catch all the strong winds that usually come from one side of the property, resulting in more pronounced curling shingles.

Catch Jason Payne's "Rawhide" at SCI-Arc on 960 E. 3rd Street until September 11. Directions and parking info here.


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