NYC-based collective MOS completed a collection of interconnected passive shelters that give shape to the Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA) and the private Element House. Surrounded by the arid New Mexico landscape and built from prefab structural insulated panels (SIPS), the buildings can operate off-grid by generating its own energy. The modular shape, a contemporary twist on the traditional house typology, can easily be added to in order to expand the museum in the future, using the pattern of the Fibonacci sequence.
Visionaries Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample from MOS are keen on modular architecture, as it allows them to organically grow a project when needed. Their MOA and Element House project – which sits near Las Vegas – is based on an expansive geometric system that allows the buildings to multiply outwards, module after module. The modules are set to expand in a Fibonacci sequence-inspired shape, taking a cue from the nature around the museum. This gives the museum the ability to adapt and expand, providing endless room for new artworks, visitors and future projects.
Due to the isolated location, the buildings were crafted from structural insulated panels off-site in order to reduce construction time and waste. Its passive solar design for heating and cooling allows it to operate independently from public utilities and to generate its own energy on site. The museum itself aims to ‘make art a part of everyday life’, and the Element House acts as a visitor center for Star Axis, a cosmic project by local artist Charles Ross.
Photos by Florian Holzherr for MOS