Working collaboratively, Bird Ross and Tom Loeser designed and built The Stoop Project, a three-part seating lounge conceived for MMoCA’s lobby. The project is inspired by the traditional front stoop of a house or urban apartment building. A staple of American residential architecture, the front stoop evolved in the nineteenth century to provide formal access from the street to the home’s main living quarters; this elevated entrance allowed residents and their guests to bypass the service section of the house (and its affiliate domestic employees) located at street level or below. Although initially designed to limit certain social encounters, residential stoops project outward into neighborhood streets, making them ideal spots for fostering incidental moments of social convergence. Loeser and Ross envision a similar function for their project: connecting museum visitors by offering an inviting space for conversation and meaningful exploration.
Bird Ross and Tom Loeser