Office Statement

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, gathering, 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.

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Selected Awards
2014

Krabbesholm Højskole (Denmark) is awarded an AIA NY Excellence Award
    
MOS Architects receive an AIA New York Award of Merit for Element House

Flat File

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.

MOS: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, John Yurchyk, Michael Abel, Mark Acciari, Nile Greenberg, Paul Ruppert, Fancheng Fei, Zosia Nowakowska, . . . 

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Web site by Studio Lin 

Programming by Brazen

Object
No. 2
Mats

Carpets fascinate us. This interest is not so much influenced by Gottfried Semper’s concept of tectonics, but more by the ideas of Adolf Loos, who talks about the carpet as a pre-architectural spatial condition, a surface that defines space, whose logic is then extended and transformed to generate walls and a roof. . . . “The architect’s general task is to provide a warm and livable space. Carpets are warm and liveable. He decides for this reason to spread out one carpet on the floor and to hang up four to form the walls.” . . . Unfolding tetrahedrons, members of the Platonic family of “clean” geometries, we produced unfolded figures not dissimilar to the maps of Buckminster Fuller. Fabricated as a series of soft, silicone rubber lounging carpes, when tiled together these figures formed a reconfigurable modular system, or a portable architecture. (Before pouring silicone into milled Delrin molds, we mixed in graphite to stabilize as well as give it a deep charcoal color and sparkly sheen.) As a revision of the bearskin rug, the texture of the Mats is almost cuddly. . . . Or, as a critic noted, “The carpet’s irregular forests of protruding ribs . . . provide DIY massages.”

Project Team: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample

 

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Installation No. 6
Installation No. 3