Job Floris, architect and co-founder of the Dutch architecture firm Monadnock, will present a talk about the firm's practice and their participation in Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth, on view at the Graham Foundation February 16–July 1, 2017.
Monadnock is a Rotterdam-based architecture practice led by Job Floris and Sandor Naus. Monadnock designs, researches, writes, and produces discourse in the fields of architecture, urbanism, interiors, and staging, shifting in scale between the space of the city and the street to the scale of the interior. Monadnock creates contemporary buildings that embed architecture in the cultural production of their generation as a whole. By examining key themes such as the contemporary and tradition, convention and banality, constructive logic, and illusionary representation, Monadnock aims for an architecture that combines beauty, efficiency, and the transfer of architectural knowledge.
Floris and Naus were both trained as interior and furniture designers during their studies at the Academy of Fine Arts St. Joost in Breda (NL) and subsequently graduated from the Academy for Architecture and Urbanism in Rotterdam and inTilburg. Monadnock has received international attention for realizing tailor-made buildings, many of which are public. These include a beach pavilion on the River Maas, a huge temporary installation in public space named 'Make No Little Plans'. Their Landmark–or viewing tower–for the municipality ofNieuw Bergen (NL) was shortlisted for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2017. Currently, Monadnock is involved in projects on several scales, extending from an exhibitiondesign for The New Institute in Rotterdam to the design of a new visitors’ centre for De HogeVeluwe National Park (NL), a private tower-residence and two substantial housing projects.