25, jUNE 2012 AT 11:45
In going through documents to compile information for the new website we noticed that we signed our first contract with our first client seven years ago today! Building our new website has been a great way for us to look back and survey how our work has evolved and how our design voice has gotten more clear, and in later cases, pick up volume and versatility. It's exciting to see our portfolio grow to have such depth in project types, locations and scales. The diversity in architectural styles is attributed by our collaborative nature and this diversity elevates the dialogue of the work beyond the objects and more to the experiences and events the designs pivot around. In fact, the only consistent attribute pinned to the projects is that each one is viewed as an agent, tool, system or object that lays a fertile groundwork for events to happen and for memorable, engaging moments to take place. It is all grown-up stuff and we're excited the clean and refined layout of the new website reflect that!
PIQUE operated for a few years prior to this birth date as a pen name for us to submit competitions under, but today marks the date we decided to become official and quit our day jobs. Those early days are a blur as we put all our effort into building a portfolio of work and navigating the many 'first time' hurdles all startup studios encounter. We've created some 35ish projects, have celebrated some very high moments, and suffered a few lows in these seven years, and yet in many cases it feels like our office is still in its germination phase. We've built on the strengths we started out with, and built a whole new series of skill sets as we developed and learned, but - as with anything else in the world - the more you learn and know about a particular field, the more you know how much there is out there that you don't yet know!
One thing hasn't changed since those first days though, and that is our endless enthusiasm to design and create. The beginning of every project still sparks enthusiasm and a giddy excitement at the opportunity to make something great. And we find ourselves working on things we never would have imagined 7 years ago. From site development research to marketing packages and from $20,000 additions to multimillion dollar buildings, we approach each new project with all our creativity, and collective experience and set out to create product that is engaging, thoughtful, memorable and of the highest international standard of quality and professionalism. We're looking forward to many more birthdays so we can continue to try to perfect our craft.
♪Awesome!♪ ... Filler House Update
20, June 2012 at 21:45
They are framing the circular cove lighting in the livingroom/powder room/master right now out at the Filler House! Very cool how they decided to do it. The image of the frame tilted on its side is too sexy to ignore - we may have to work that in one day in the future. Until now, we had a long standing rule to have "curves only in section and not in plan." Seeing these getting built makes us glad we're breaking our own rule. They should be very special little insertions into this house.
The framers were pretty excited to build them (thankfully) . They mentioned they were a fun challenge to build and that they had "never done anything like this before." We're lucky to have such a talented and open-minded crew out there!
Blast From the Past:
5, June 2012 at 12:15
check out the first 15 minutes of our lecture titled "Function" at Montana State University on our current work. Password for the video is: intro
Filler House Update
25, May 2012 at 16:45
Filler house getting framed pretty quickly! These clients (some very nice folks from Alabama) specifically requested something with curves. This is not something we do very often, so we were excited to explore ways to make the curves an integral gesture to the whole layout of the home. You can see in this image HighTimber construction is framing the lower roof. This is an "H" shaped plane created with two opposing curves. The connecting piece of the "H" hovers above the primary circulation and defines the thoroughfare between private wings of the house. Can't wait to see more!
Art In Motion Exhibition
24 May 2012 at 14:15
Did you know PIQUE's Eric Meglasson rebuilds motobikes? He and his good friend Josh Edgar have been experimenting with it for about a year or so and have put together some beautiful machines - and because of it we now have someone on staff that can weld! Eric and Josh have an exhibit in Bend, OR at the end of the month - Check it out if you can....if you can't make it, we'll post photos.
PIQUE 3.0 headed your way!
12 May 2012 at 10:00
We'll be rolling out the new website very soon!
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