The project takes the form of a tableau and is based on the idea that rather than showing or representing an event, the architect shows the possibility of an event, what Godard calls the “probable possible”, meaning the possibility of a world encapsulated within a single room.
It is through the room, its protagonists as well as its physicality that this project proposes an architecture where production and representation are collaged in a singular image.
The Tableau is the new building, it is designed, composed, staged and constructed like any project. It embraces what Michael Hayes called “an architecture as a instrument of culture” and it provides a scene where time, place, history and characters are collaged around the central figure of Mies van der Rohe. However, if Mies is the common ground for all parts of the story he is only used as a toolbox, a toolbox filled with resources to be dug out and questioned. The Tableau is a collaged archeology of the past century.