If given the choice between staring blankly into space or reading architects’ office statements on their website, we choose the first. They all say the same thing: we’re sustainable, responsible with budgets, experienced, award-winning, etc. . . . The game seems to be how to say nothing in particular and comfort any worries of someone contemplating hiring you. After a few clicks, it’s hard not to think that all this quote-unquote professionalism is very cold at its core. We can’t tell you exactly when MOS started. We like to say it was 2003, but we didn’t have an office space then and our name was !@#?, which we quickly found was too difficult to use because 1. you couldn’t pronounce it and 2. you couldn’t get a web address. So, eventually, we drifted towards MOS—an acronym of our names and reflection of a shared desire to be horizontal and fuzzy, as opposed to tall and shiny. We began around an oversized table, a surface for collecting and working through a range of design experiments—a make-believe of architectural fantasies, problems, and thoughts. As we’ve grown, we remain around a large table, working together on each project through playful experimentation and serious research. This website indexes that work: housing; schools; houses; cultural institutions; retail; exhibition design; installations; furniture; objects; books; writing; software experiments; and videos.
Krabbesholm Højskole (Denmark) is awarded an AIA NY Excellence Award
MOS Architects receive an AIA New York Award of Merit for Element House
We draw, talk, email, doodle, diagram, render, print, print, draw, model, receive, distribute, call, approve, confirm, reject, plead, deny, laugh, export, import, present, listen, order, zoom, script, post, pan, copy, paste, scale, collate, staple, eat, list, drink, walk, draw, chat, meet, photograph, crop, calculate, draw, adjust, tweak, sip, solve, stack, note, organize, scan, edit, review, print, question, comment, make, sketch . . . and occasionally, we collect things from this process and store them in a flat file.
This project is a renovation of a garage-barn into a library and studio. Its two levels share an economical heating and cooling system that uses fans at the top of the second floor to pull cool air up from below in the summer or push hot air down in the winter. The lower level houses the library, the upper level the writing studio.
Lacquered panels with irregular, tapered holes line the perimeter of the second floor to admit air and light between the two levels. Directly above these custom ventilation panels is a desk that lines the entire perimeter of the space. Operable windows are inserted into the existing openings in the facade, and the holes left over from decayed wood knots in the flooring are filled with a clear resin to create permeable openings that relate to the perimeter vent panels, visually connecting the two floors together. It is a project based upon making and filling holes.
Project Team: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, James Tate, Ryan Bollom, DK Osseo-Assare
Photographer: Michael Vahrenwald