Temporary School of Villejuif, 1957


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The asymmetrical Villejuif Demountable House is a lightweight project whose sheet-steel props support a cantilevered wooden roof. It was Prouvé’s response to a 1956 commission for a schoolhouse that could be easily dismantled and relocated. The school was later disassembled and its components used in other buildings. Prouvé’s design and engineering of these versatile structures and their components is now considered to be a milestone in 20th century architecture. The work was exhibited in New York in 2015 in a collaborative exhibition between Galerie Patrick Seguin and Gagosian Gallery entitled “Chamberlain l Prouvé”.