The field of contemporary architecture is a diverse one, but one of its most notable hallmarks is its incorporation of forms and materials inspired by the natural world. Artists and practitioners are moving away from the austerity of metal and glass buildings, and using more organic curves to create spaces that blend form and function in unique ways.
This movement has led to a resurgence of interest in curved wooden roofs that defy the constraints of modern, mass-produced construction. However, few companies exist today that can create custom wood roof shingles to the level of specificity required by today’s most cutting-edge architects.
That’s where Custom Shingles comes in. Blending traditional steam-bending techniques with the bold creativity of contemporary architecture, we can manufacture custom wooden shingles in an almost limitless number of shapes, sizes, materials and configurations. Our products have been featured in the prestigious Southern California Institute of Architecture, where they were one of the most eye-catching parts of a recent installation, “Rawhide,” by the avant-garde design firm Hirsuta.
“Raspberry Fields,” the centerpiece of the “Rawhide” installation, showcases how curved shingles can be used to achieve very unconventional effects. Check out our blog post on the exhibit to see how a simple change in shape produces a powerful amplification of the material presence of the piece’s shingles.
A contemporary wood roof from Custom Shingles is equally at home in a private residence as it is in a museum installation. Drawing from the creative use in materials seen in “Rawhide” and similar exhibits, it’s possible to apply the lessons of contemporary architecture to any property. Custom Shingles works with builders and designers around the world to create inspired, functional roofs that stand the test of time.
Above & Beyond
A roof is the crowning touch on any property. At Custom Shingles, we’ve traveled as far as Thailand to help our clients bring their artistic visions to life. We can design and build a contemporary wood roof in your location, or supply pre-bent shingles and components to be installed by a qualified local contractor. We use premium, sustainably harvested materials such as western red cedar, teak and Royalwood™ Wallaba to create shingles and shakes of uncommon integrity and craftsmanship.