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“Into the Woods”

MOS

We seldom see people in the work of MOS Architects. At least not in the photographs of the built work by this provocative New York City practice; nor, more tellingly perhaps, in the mesmeric and moody video clips MOS produce for certain key talismanic projects. It is almost as if the houses are theatrical or cinematic sets for actions that have recently occurred or, more likely, are about to commence.

The houses are always anonymous. It may well be that the clients for these bespoke houses and art studios beyond the limits of Gotham City, in that leafy hinterland between Long Island Sound and the stately Hudson River, simply do not wish to be identified. And never more so than now, in this era of lockdown that disallows a critic to visit in person. If so, such discretion may work paradoxically to the practice’s advantage in establishing an oeuvre and...

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