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Jean Prouve’s Maison 8×8 Pioneered Affordable Prefab Design Way Back in 1948
Jean Prouvé’s Demountable Houses were designed according to the principles of prefabrication, flexibility and mobility, as well as functionality and rational fabrication. His main achievement was transferring manufacturing technology from industry to architecture without compromising aesthetics. Prouvé, together with Le Corbusier, was part of The French Union of Modern Artists and a he was a master of metalworking – a craft he used in his demountable shelters.
One of Prouvé’s Demountable Houses, Maison 8×8, is an 8 square meter dwelling made from durable metal frames with a wooden roof and floor beams. 64 square meters provides an acceptable amount of living space while allowing the project to be quickly and easily constructed. Prouvé used one of these shelters as his own office — now a monument — and if you are in Miami you can check out Maison 8×8 at Galerie Patrick Seguin during Design Miami 2013.
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