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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Built in 1889 and last used as a theater in 1945, the once vibrant destination of the Sterling Opera House today remains inactive. Chosen in 1968 as Connecticut’s first building to enter the National Register of Historic Places, by this time the Opera House had already fallen into complete disuse. The Opera House architect, Henry Edwards-Ficken, is also the noted designer of the Sigma Delta Chi building at Yale and a reported collaborator on New York City’s renowned Carnegie Hall.Despite their contrast in scale, the two theaters share many common features. They are both late examples of masonry construction and both exhibit a restrained Italianate Baroque design. Construction of the two also coincided, with the opening of Carnegie Hall following only two years after that of Sterling. Before its abandonment, the Opera House served as the center of the city, providing a stage for the famed entertainers of the era, a list including illusionist Harry Houdini, entertainer Red Skelton, and composer John Philip Sousa. The Opera House also housed the main facilities of the Derby City Hall, the Mayor's Office, and the Police Station. This renovation continues this tradition of one building that serves many different constituencies and will re-establish a center of civic activity within Derby.
Project Team: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, Jerico Prater, Jason Bond, Ryan Ludwig, Meredith McDaniels
Engineering: CRAFT Engineering, Lingren-Sharples