Aesthetics and Acoustics Overlap in ARO Shingle
May 17, 2023
Inspired by exterior building cladding, Architecture Research Office takes a deep dive into three-dimensional patterning with four new ARO Shingle designs. The new products start with a 60% recycled content acoustic substrate, which is either folded or curved and finished with a layer of pure wool felt. The dynamic overlapping panel shapes are animated by light and shadow to soften sound in over ninety colors of wool felt. And the Interlock Mounting System allows for a precise and speedy installation.
About Architecture Research Office
Founded in 1993, Architecture Research Office has earned a reputation for elegant, innovative and imaginative architecture born out of relentless exploration and engagement. Through investigation, analysis, and testing, ARO creates designs that unite the conceptual and the pragmatic within a strong, compelling vision. This research-driven process is led principals Stephen Cassell, Kim Yao, and Adam Yarinsky and has enabled the firm to operate on a wide variety of projects spanning strategic planning, architecture and urban design, and to craft elegant solutions to seemingly intractable problems.
“We work to elevate spaces through careful attention to detail and use, emphasize the responsible use of materials, and seek to balance beauty and strategy through design, pattern, and texture.”
Behind the Design
The textures of building facades and the patterns created by shingles and cladding have fascinated the team at Architecture Research Office for a long time. The play of light and shadow on these surfaces has inspired a number of architectural projects over the last several years, and their ARO Shingle modular wall products for FilzFelt are no exception. This exploration into cladding was translated into four new three-dimensional, panel-based systems that play with light and shadow and were cleverly designed to mimic the effects of these exterior textures.
“Each of the ARO Shingle designs stems from our exploration of exterior cladding materials. We’ve long been interested in the overlapping, repeating pattern of shingles.”
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