Mary Voorhees Meehan

Element House

  • Occasioned by the exhibition Element House architecture for a new ecology at Denver’s Museum of Outdoor Arts, ELEMENT HOUSE tells the story of a prefabricated, modular house designed by MOS Office. The form of the book is inspired by a short film made by the architects. A loop, slowly panning back and forth across the length of a seemingly endless house, the film follows the conversation of two architects. It is unclear whether the architects are subjects within the house or whether the house is the subject of their conversation. The book, adopting the looping structure of the film, is organized as five nested signatures, which accommodate five chapters in the house’s realization. Beginning with the idea of the house and telescoping into its site specific installation, the chapters become less and less abstract as the book nears the center. In collaboration with Linked by Air.