JEAN PROUVÉ ARCHITECTURE

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Maxéville Design Office, 1948

METAL & WOOD
10 x 12 m
32.8 x 39.3 ft
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Developed for the experimental housing display site at Noisy-le-Sec near Paris, this version of the 8×12 meter Demountable House was among the winners in the New Houses Competition organized by the Ministry of Reconstruction and Town Planning (MRU) early in 1947.

Intended as a demonstration model that would illustrate the virtues of prefabricated housing to the public, this was a copybook example: the use of structural axial portal frames met the requirements of the competition while providing an open, fluid plan rendered highly adaptable by interchangeable partitions and one-piece glazed or solid facing panels.

Originally commissioned as a prototype for the Reconstruction, the house failed to find the success that had been hoped for; one of the few that was actually made was ultimately set up in 1952 at the Maxéville plant, where it became the Ateliers Jean Prouvé design office.


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