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 design for a new Commons building at the Institute for Advanced Study is part of a larger campus plan proposal. The Commons is conceived as an inverted cloister (a campus building turned inside-out) with perimeter circulation integrated into the surrounding campus landscape. Circulation spaces are oversized to allow for social activity—for example, places to talk, to work, or to simply be alone. The two-story building’s stepped massing is a result of its sloped site. Containing meeting rooms, a large conference space, a café, and reception area, the upper level is a series of glazed rooms flanked by a terrace garden. The lower level is dedicated to offices and member’s services, fitness, additional mail-receiving areas, and so on. An abundance of natural daylighting persists throughout the building, resulting from both the building’s open perimeter and a series of north-facing cubic skylights.
Project Team: Hilary Sample, Michael Meredith, Mathew Staudt, John Yurchyk, Michael Abel, Andrew Frame, Mark Acciari, Phillip Denny, Paul Ruppert, Ryan Barney
Photographer: Michael Vahrenwald