Jean-Pascal Flavien's work is a model for greenhouse, a real-size house project that has not been built yet (the house will be completed later this year at the Sprengel Museum in Hannover).
The concept of the building is articulated in its floor plan which features a large rectangular space from which four equidistant entryways connect to four narrow corridors of varying length, each leading to a room at its end. Seen from above, the plan is reminiscent of a plant from which four limbs extend. The association with organic growth is reinforced by the structure’s dark green color.
The situation in the main room is seen as one of making a choice—an experience familiar from daily life, yet to which each person responds differently. The entries onto the four passages are equivalent in size and weighted in no apparent way. Symbolizing the difficulty associated with all choices, the decision to enter one and not the other will therefore be based on undifferentiated options, presumably based on subjective impulse with very little information at hand.
Each of the four rooms can only be reached via the main space. The choice to enter one room thus always ends up in a cul-de-sac situation, with no simultaneous knowledge about the other three passages available. In addition, because of the length of the pathway, the decision brings the visitor further away from the original site of choice, having to retrace one’s steps in order to explore the other rooms.
Concealed from the person within the building, only the bird’s eye view shows how close one choice is to the other: the similarity of the spaces and the actual proximity of the separate rooms from another. The view from above also reveals the disproportionate walking distances between reaching the individual rooms.