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.
The New Foundation/JANDS Center is a nonprofit institution that fosters contemporary artistic cultural production in the Seattle region. The building includes The New Foundation Seattle, which comprises a library, gallery, and exhibition space for artists, as well as a restaurant, retail space, roof garden, artist-residency program, and 40 below-market-rate apartment units for artists. The historic context is filled with beautifully generic brick warehouses. Constructed of brick with oversized pivot windows that allow for passive daylighting, the design works within the parameters of this warehouse type. A series of four south-facing reflective shafts bring light, exterior green space, and air into the center of the building, the New Foundation, and housing units, allowing for programmatic flexibility, cross-ventilation, and more access to exterior space, light, and air for each of its inhabitants.
Project Team: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, Phi Van Phan, Griffin Ofiesh, Carson Russell, Tim Brennan, John Yurchyk