MoMA Goes Pre-Fab


If you’d passed by the MoMA recently and happened to see some recent movement around the lot next to the museum and thought to yourself, “Hey, what’s with all that recent movement around that lot?” then you have played right into our hands because we’ve got an answer for you. The NY Times and others are reporting that the museum has temporarily rented out the space to put together an exhibit of pre-fab housing from five different architecture teams, allowing them to set up shop and build their houses there for a run of a couple of months starting in July. Here’s the five who were selected from around four hundred entries:

The five, to be announced today by the museum, are KieranTimberlake Associates of Philadelphia; Lawrence Sass of Cambridge, Mass.; Douglas Gauthier and Jeremy Edmiston of Manhattan; Oskar Leo Kaufmann and Albert Ruf of Austria; and Richard Horden of Horden Cherry Lee in London.

Each firm has a track record with prefabricated housing, but they all approach the form differently. The proposals were evaluated by a jury of MoMA curators and staff members and architectural professionals. The Manhattan architecture firm of Cooper Robertson & Partners will act as the consulting architect in assembling the houses, some created expressly for this exhibition and others designed earlier.