Room for Artifacts

The Architecture of WOJR

Based in Cambridge, MA, WOJR have won various prizes, including the Design Biennial Boston Award 2010 and the Architectural League Prize for
Young Architects and Designers 2011. This is their first monograph.



Edited by William O'Brien Jr. With contributions by Dora Epstein Jones, John McMorrough, William O'Brien Jr., and Nader Tehrani

1st edition

, 2016

Text in English


240 pages, 40 color and 111 b/w illustrations

20 x 27 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-027-5


WOJR: Organization for Architecture is an innovative group of designers based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who are committed to the idea of architecture as a form of cultural production, engaging the intersections of art, architecture, and urbanism. With this idea at its foundation, Room for Artifacts contains a collection of sixteen architectural artifacts designed by WOJR—a mask, a church, a labyrinth, a dwelling, a bust, and a series of totems, among others.

The artifacts are presented three times throughout the book—in conceptual drawings, architectural drawings, and images. Certain characteristics recur, such as symmetry, frontality, figurality, proportionality, and the play between flatness and depth, underscoring WOJR’s preoccupation with the fundamental aspects of architectural form that are rich in historical precedent. Room for Artifacts offers a new way to explore the role of architectural representation in a contemporary context, looking at how architects can invoke aspects of ideologies from architects of the past while establishing a progressive agenda for a forward-looking body of work.

Autoren & Herausgeber

Dora Epstein Jones

John McMorrough

William O‘Brien Jr.

, born 1978, is principal of WOJR and cofounder of the collaborative practice Collective–LOK. He is associate professor at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning.

Nader Tehrani

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Fortress guards a lone tree in an expansive field. The ring is both a thick wall safeguarding the courtyard, and an airy passageway leading to the courtyard. As an object it is opaque and reflective; as an environment it is translucent and ever continuous. Fortress, 2014. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Concept plan © WOJR

Fortress, 2014. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Concept section © WOJR

Fortress, 2014. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Elevation © WOJR

Fortress, 2014. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Image interior © WOJR

Fortress, 2014. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Image from above © WOJR

Mask conceals a space of contemplation deep in the woods. It provides disguise for the true identity of a small house that rests high among the canopy of trees. The proprietor of the house lost his brother in the lake that the house overlooks. Mask, 2013‒2017. Ithaca, NY. Drawing 1 © WOJR

Mask, 2013‒2017. Ithaca, NY. Drawing 2 © WOJR

Mask, 2013‒2017. Ithaca, NY. Concept Drawing © WOJR

Mask, 2013‒2017. Ithaca, NY. Image exterior © WOJR

Mask, 2013‒2017. Ithaca, NY. Image interior © WOJR


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