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A R C H I T E CT U R E 307 PIQUE Collaborative Architects The idea of creating something beautiful and functional led Eric Meglasson, one of three directors of PIQUE Collaborative Architects, to architecture school. Although he didn't know the name of a single architect when he entered the program, he knew that he wanted to create interesting spaces that inspire people. Since then, he's been designing homes that push boundaries and exceed expectations. When he joined the worldwide firm PIQUE Collaborative Architects in 2005, Eric brought along his passion for transforming seemingly plain materials into distinctive opportunities to showcase elements of structure, light, texture, and site. The result is a collection of modern homes that function as livable works of art. Eric loves the creative process of architecture, and it's apparent in his work. There's something elegant and almost dreamlike to each of his homes, whether it's a bank of windows framing a rugged landscape, an unexpected indoor courtyard, or an intentional out-of-the-box floorplan. Simply, they're places you want to be. Working in extreme climates of the high desert, Eric builds homes to withstand the highs of 105-degree summers and the lows of negative 15-degree winters. The internal structures and external materials are specifically chosen for their durability in harsh conditions, as well as their beauty. Eric's deep understanding of the demands of the region and his approachable personality help homeowners feel at ease as they trust him through the home building process. As they interact and live in their homes, they discover new aspects of the design that they love even years after the project is completed, proving good architecture is timeless. LEFT: Driven by the interior designer homeowner's passion for textures, the 3,700-square-foot, three level home features layered wood slatted screens around the entry courtyard. Light filters through the screens, which provide a buffer to the outside world. Tight knot pickled cedar shiplap siding and rectilinear rooflines and windows make for a modern fa├žade. Photograph by Alan Brandt Photography BEND

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