In October 2010 Galerie Patrick Seguin presented Jean Prouvé’s FerEmbal House (1948), adapted by Jean Nouvel, in the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris. Originally a second-floor structure on a masonry base, the building has been given a new configuration as a detached house. Drawing on the latest technical resources, Jean Nouvel points up and skillfully exploits the structure’s inherent mobility by systematizing its modularity with piers of stackable Ductal blocks, a floor of demountable slabs, etc. The design of a new staircase in response to the decrease in the building’s height above ground is perfectly attuned to Prouvé’s underlying constructional logic. As a follow-up to Jean Prouvé , the indispensable monograph co-published with the Sonnabend Gallery in New York in 2007, Galerie Patrick Seguin is now publishing Prouvé – FerEmbal House – Nouvel , a book devoted to the FerEmbal House. This new publication links two major architects, Jean Prouvé and Jean Nouvel, and two eras: 1948, when the FerEmbal House was created, and 2010, when it was exhibited in its adapted form. This comprehensive work is devoted to Jean Prouvé’s guiding principle. Prefaced by Jean Nouvel and Patrick Seguin, it is in two parts. The first volume covers the Jardin des Tuileries exhibition, after the adaptation and assembling of the FerEmbal House by Jean Nouvel. The second retraces the building’s history, the context of its creation, and the invention of the building system—with its variants—by Jean Prouvé. It is accompanied by a DVD: three films produced by Galerie Patrick Seguin on the adaptation, assembly and exhibition of the building.
Publisher : Edition Galerie Patrick Seguin, 2011
Language : French-English
Number of pages : 336 pages
ISBN : 978-2-909187-01-3
Distribution : Interart - Dap - Idea Books