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 apartment is defined through cabinetry as hollow walls that enclose rooms and provide storage for the resident’s extensive collection of design objects. The cabinet-walls in the common area contain two square niches for display and taper gently in plan to make the space feel larger in perspective. The cabinets are both the walls of a room and an object that floats when placed against the diagonal pattern of wood floor, which when reinforced by light tracks in the ceiling forms a pattern of lines running across the whole width of the apartment. Secondary spaces have dropped ceilings with a pattern of holes, providing visual interest, acoustic absorption and seamlessly integrating recessed lights and vent diffusers. As counterpoint to its collection of unifying, all-over patterned surfaces, the apartment has three materially monolithic bathrooms—one in engineered stone, another in custom ceramic tile, and a third in honed marble.
Project Team: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, John Yurchyk, Andrew Frame, Ivi Diamantopoulou, Michael Abel