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 prefabricated home is designed as a remote weekend getaway for an art collector. The house can be read as a collection of six cubes, 10 rectangles, and two cylinders, or rather as a cluster of six symmetrical figures. Each of the room-module houses repeats but with a separate program—living room, kitchen, bathroom, and three bedrooms—and all are punctured with rectangular solar chimneys that relate to traditional colonial houses.
Two cylindrical figures on the roof house mechanical systems and a cistern. The room-units are sized to allow for their individual transport to the site by truck, such that only the connections between units need to be made on-site. The system was developed to be easily adaptable by adding additional rooms in the future. Both extensive glazing and bedroom patios allow the home to open up to the surrounding landscape, making the compact interior feel expansive and allowing for multiple entrances, exterior connections, and shortcuts.
Project Team: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, Phi Van Phan, John Yurchyk