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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, sometimes we say 2005, but we were drifting from place to place, 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. In 2008, we were licensed and became a legal entity, but we had already had an office and made some buildings. At some point, 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. We are now located in New York, we have grown a little, but remain around a large table, working together on each project through playful experimentation and serious research. We have won some awards. We have written some books. We have built some buildings. We are currently making more. This website indexes that work: housing; schools; houses; cultural institutions; retail; exhibition design; installations; furniture; objects; books; writing; software experiments; and videos.

 

— Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample

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Selected Awards
2019

MOS receives an AIA New York State Honor Award for School No. 3 (Petite École)

2014

Krabbesholm Højskole (Denmark) is awarded an AIA NY Excellence Award
    
MOS receives 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 store them in a flat file.

MOS: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, Paul Ruppert, Robert Crabtree, Charles Dorrance-King, Lafina Eptaminitaki, Yam Chumpolphaisal, Julia Muntean, Victoria Abel, Zane Mechem, ...

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Programming by Brazen

Pavilion
No. 8
A Glass Spot
Location:
Columbus, Indiana
Program:
Monument, Greenhouse, Café, ...
Size:
Variable
Status:
Proposal, 2019

The proposed glass pavilion is like a park kiosk or temporary café or a water tower or tree. It’s something monumental and singular. It’s vaguely familiar. 

The exact size and scale is to be determined, depending on the situation. The cylinder base could be big enough to inhabit or smaller and uninhabitable, like columns. It is clad in glass shingles. 

The perforated canopies offer shade and define a place to gather underneath. The perforations are topped with glass, to color the dappled light showering below. 

This is a place, a spot, where reflections, refractions, and dazzling light abound. It is a flattened disco ball,  a dynamic and magical environment expressing the various qualities of glass.

The simple metal structure has only bolted connections, a kit of parts that is designed to be shipped, installed, demounted, and reinstalled in various contexts. 
 

Project Team: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, Yam Chumpolphaisal, Lafina Eptaminitaki, Charles Dorrance-King