Eric Owen Moss Construction Manual 1988-2008

When I visited ’ office to interview him, I saw a big book on a desk titled “Eric Owen Moss Construction Manual”. Given the complex type of works he does, I first thought it was a guide for new architects that joined the office, regarding file naming, color codes, etc.

But after talking with Eric, he told us about his new monograph published by AADCU. The book (3″ thick) presents 40 works (built and unbuilt) by EOM designed between 1988 and 2008, including recent buildings such as the Multimedia Tower and 3555 Hayden Studios, and projects such as the Warner Parking and Retail, Republic Square and Glass Tower.

The works are very well documented as you can see on the below photos, including several physical models and detailed drawings used to study the complex forms developed by EOM.

More after the break.

Author: Eric Owen Moss
Project Director: Bruce Q. Lan
Coordinator: Xiaoqu Luo / Stanford University
Curator/Editor in Chief: Bruce Q. Lan

Language: English
Cover: Hardcover
Pages: 1560
ISBN: 978-7560951836


Centra Housing Office
8522 National Boulevard Complex
Lindblade Tower
Paramount Laundry
Gary Group

Warner Theater
The Box
Hayden Tower
Pittard Sullivan

Jefferson Towers
Dancing Bleachers
Slash and Backslash

3505 Hayden
Sagaponac House
Mariinksy Theater
Queens Museum of Art
Grand Egyptian Museum
Vienna Market
Montreal Cultural and Administrative Complex

Biblioteca de Mexico – Jose Vasconcelos
Smithsonian Institute Patent Office Building
Guangdong Provincial Museum
3555 Hayden
Gateway Art Tower
Hong Kong Design Institute
Border Fence
Inmo Gallery
Republic Square
Perm Museum

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Cite: Basulto, David. "Eric Owen Moss Construction Manual 1988-2008" 18 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 17 Sep 2014. <>


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    That should be one good materials. I can’t wait to get a copy. SOM always have good stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Not that I can totally judge this book from the few pictures archdaily is showing here, but there is no way this looks like a construction manual… or MVRDV’s FARMAX is also a construction manual, and the NEUFERT a comic strip !
    I can warmly recommend you all, may you be practitioners or students, the excellent “Constructing architecture: materials, processes, structures” published by Andrea Deplazes and edited by Birkhauser… This is a real book you should talk about on archdaily.

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      It’s a monograph, not an actual construction manual. Maybe the title can be confusing, but I stated that on the intro.

      I´ll look into that book. Thanks!

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        I’ve seen that, but the title is indeed confusing, as well as the packaging and the format… I guess it’s more about the construction of his design process.

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    I feel like I need this book but the “Buy This Book” link doesn’t seem to work and amazon is sold out. Where might I find a copy?

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    Valuable information. Fortunate me I found your web site by accident, and I am surprised why this twist of fate did not came about earlier! I bookmarked it.

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