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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, sometimes we say 2005, but we were drifting from place to place, 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. In 2008, we were licensed and became a legal entity, but we had already had an office and made some buildings. At some point, 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, gathering, and working through a range of design experiments—a make-believe of architectural fantasies, problems, and thoughts. We are now located in New York, we have grown a little, but remain around a large table, working together on each project through playful experimentation and serious research. We have won some awards. We have written some books. We have built some buildings. We are currently making more. This website indexes that work: housing; schools; houses; cultural institutions; retail; exhibition design; installations; furniture; objects; books; writing; software experiments; and videos.

 

- Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample

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Selected Awards
2014

Krabbesholm Højskole (Denmark) is awarded an AIA NY Excellence Award
    
MOS Architects receive an AIA New York Award of Merit for Element House

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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 store them in a flat file.

MOS: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, Robert Crabtree, Paul Ruppert, Lafina Eptaminitaki,

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Programming by Brazen

House
No. 7
Artist’s Residence
Location:
Columbia County, New York
Program:
Residence
Size:
4,900 sf
Status:
Built, 2015

This house occupies a single level and provides direct access to the surrounding landscape from every interior space. It is an agglomeration of two hollowed-out, pitch-roofed vernacular house volumes with large overhanging eaves. The two structures are joined perpendicularly to form a shape and are clad in an industrial, galvanized standing-seam siding. Square openings perforate the siding, providing access, light, and air. The longer extrusion services private programs while the shorter serves as the main living and dining space. The interior spaces are hollow, with low, freestanding object-volumes inserted into them to allow for bath- and bedrooms. The interior is both a continuous, freeflowing space and a collection of discrete volumes. The house has an informal relationship to its surroundings, providing both intimate and expansive views of the landscape.

Design Team: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, Ceri Edmunds, Ivi Diamantopoulou, Jerico Prater, Joel Stewart, Mathew Staudt, Andy Rauchut, Paul Frederickson, Benas Burdulis, Alexandra Karlsson, Iggy So
Structural Engineer: Nathaniel Stanton, Craft Engineering Studio
Photographer: Michael Vahrenwald