Current Work
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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

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


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, Charles Dorrance-King, Lafina Eptaminitaki, Yam Chumpolphaisal, Jacqueline Love, ...

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Programming by Brazen

Community Center
No. 3
Lali Gurans Orphanage
Kathmandu, Nepal
Orphanage, Library, Classrooms, Gardens
36,000 sf
Under Construction, Expected Completion 2017

Lali Gurans is a semiautonomous, sustainable community center in rural Kathmandu, Nepal, containing a community library, meeting house, and orphanage for 40 children and young adults. The design draws from the local building method of a 30-centimeter, reinforced-concrete frame with block infill, but adds an extra layer of columns to eliminate the need for brick. This creates a more open framework that admits daylight to the interior. The form slopes inward for structural and seismic stability, so the facade becomes closer to a roof than a wall. Between the layers of exterior structure is a zone that oscillates between inside and outside, containing the primary vertical circulation as well as glazed solaria and planters. Stairs between the two layers of structure act as X-bracing for lateral stability and connect various programs together through a vertical picturesque landscape garden. In addition to its concentric exoskeleton structure, the building also integrates low-energy and low-tech sustainable systems, including: a brise-soleil; permaculture roof gardens; biogas; solar panels; rainwater collection; natural lighting; passive wastewater treatment; and passive heating and cooling. Built to withstand a seismic intensity of IX on the Mercalli scale, the structure withstood not one but two massive seismic events in spring 2015, while under construction.

Project Team: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, Jerico Prater, Jason Bond, Benas Burdulis, Meredith McDaniel, Andy Rauchut, Igsung So, Joel Stewart
Structural Engineer: Hanif Kara, Adams Kara Taylor / MRB Engineering, Kathmandu, Nepal
Environmental Engineers: Atelier Ten, New Haven, CT
Photographers: Kishor Lohari, Sagar Chitrakar

External Links:
Lali Gurans
2014 Holcim Award, Asia Pacific Region