Residential Design

VOL.4. 2018

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Staging Interventions MOSKOW LINN ARCHITECTS BOSTON Photo: Peter Vanderwalker Photo: Jörg Meyer Photo: Jane Messinger It's notable when a marriage lasts more than 20 years, but a residential architecture firm not powered by the entanglements and synergies of a mar- ried couple? It's unusual, to say the least. Small firms driven by two principals tend to disband and reassemble with others (or as sole practitioners) during the typical lifespan of practice. But Robert Linn, AIA, and Keith Moskow, FAIA, are still going strong with Mos- kow Linn Architects, 21 years after Linn joined Moskow's young Boston firm. Their enthusiasm for the work remains unchecked, and like a simpa- tico married couple who really like one another, they finish each other's sen- tences and bound off each other's ideas and thoughts. "We're interchangeable," Keith jokes. "We're not your typical uptight architects." What keeps this union fresh lies in the variety of interests the architects share, and their love of creative tan- gents that keep the five-person office challenged. The mainstay of the firm is residential work—a mix of "urban in- terventions" and weekend homes on the Cape—but there's always some other project going on the side as well. From the firm's inception, the part- ners have pursued conceptual design competitions as a means of sharpen- ing their skills. They've enjoyed the research aspect and the creative charge such projects brought to the firm cul- ture, even if they never saw a hammer or a nail. And yet, a number actually have been built—to critical acclaim. The firm's winning design for Massport's 9/11 Memorial at Logan Airport is a beautiful, resonant beacon. And "Ice Chimes," a pavilion the firm was asked to conceive for Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, is a clever sound sculpture. Intended to lure visitors to the Conservancy's parks and gardens during the winter, it creates ici- cles that chime as they melt. After a year in place, the piece has since moved to Keith's alma mater, Dartmouth College. More of these urban intervention projects are in the flat files than on building sites, however, which has caused some soul searching at the firm. "Eventually, so much paper architecture becomes unfulfilling," says Keith. One Clockwise from top: Orleans House emphasizes views inside and out; the firm's 9/11 Memorial at Logan Airport glows from within; principals Keith Moskow and Robert Linn keep their practice fresh with creative "interventions." 13 VOL. 4, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM PRO-FILE DESIGN

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