A pile of prefabricated concrete beams form the structure of Antón García- Abril’s Hemeroscopium house Antón García- Abril 2008 Photo: courtesy Ensamble Studio
When architects such as Jean Prouvé and Charles Eames began experimenting with buildings made using off-the-shelf components following the second World War, little did they know that technology would one day allow buildings to be created from kits cut by a computer anywhere in the world. Architonic looks at some of the more radical examples of contemporary prefabricated architecture, and the materials and technologies making these possible. (by Alyn Griffiths)
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Metropole aluminum house, ca. 1949; Metal, aluminum and wood; 8 x 12 m; Photo © Galerie Patrick Seguin
For the second time, Galerie Patrick Seguin will be bringing a Jean Prouvé House to Basel. After the 6×6 meter demountable bungalow, created for the war victims in Lorraine, which was on show last year, this year the Aluminum House will be built and dismantled every day. The performance demonstrates the visitors the modularity of the house and that it can be easily and quickly assembled.
Prouvé RAW. Jean Prouvé by G-Star RAW for Vitra
Prouvé RAW, a collaborative project between the Swiss furniture-manufacturing heavyweight Vitra and the international denim brand G-star exploring classic and lesser-known designs by the renowned French furniture designer Jean Prouvé is currently on show at the Zaha Hadid-designed
Hadid Firestation at Vitra’s Weil am Rhein campus.