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
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The Hawaiʻi Presidential Center is a 105,000-square-foot cultural institute located on a waterfront site within walking distance of downtown Honolulu. The campus is community-focused, with program loosely distributed underneath large, stacked slabs that create shaded overhangs to provide pedestrian connections between the Center’s various programs and adjacent Kakaʻako Waterfront Park. These monolithic slabs, which support a lush roof garden of native species, literally extend the surrounding park such that there is no loss of public ground. The building and public roof park are inseparable. Oculi perforate the slabs, bringing light and air, as well as visual connections that locate intensified natural elements on the ground, inverting picturesque garden strategies by using nature itself as the object of attention. Based around the interconnectivity between nature, people, and program, the Center is designed to be flexible enough to host international conferences while also supporting the local community with new performance spaces, classrooms, an endangered plant species garden, offices, auditoriums, sports facilities, exhibition space, and labs for the University of Hawaiʻi, Youth Leadership Academy, and Convening Institute. A seawater cooling system flows from roof slab to roof slab and across the campus as an interactive water feature that is also a visible sustainable energy system.
Project Team: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, Phi Van Phan, Tim Brennan, John Yurchyk, Joanna Ligas, Igsung So, Siobhan Allman
In Collaboration with WORKSHOP-HI