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.
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.
Sited below Le Corbusier’s Carpenter Center, the Puppet Theater was commissioned as a temporary auditorium for a Pierre Huyghe performance and film on the occasion of the building’s fortieth anniversary. The 500-square-foot prefabricated structure uses lightweight polycarbonate panels that can be stacked and bolted together on-site. While the interior maintains a smooth and reflective surface, the exterior takes on a fuzzy appearance, with moss-covered infill panels providing acoustic insulation for the auditorium.
Project Team: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, Geoff von Oeyon, Chad Burke, Zac Culbreth, Elliot Hodges, Fred Holt
Fabrication Team: Ryan Bollom, Defne Bozkurt, Chad Burke, Zac Culbreth, Jess Golbus, Helen Han, Elliot Hodges, Fred Holt, Jimenez Lai, Jaron Lubin, Brendan McCarthy, Michael Meredith, Diane Ryhu, Hilary Sample, Temple Simpson, Geoff Von Oeyon, Gia Wolff
Photographer: Florian Holzherr
Pierre Huyghe, This is not a time for dreaming