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Prefab House by Prouvé Installed at Hammer Museum

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Jean Prouvé's Tropical House, a metal structure designed in 1949, will be displayed at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles between October 4 and November 27. Prouvé, an architect best known for his iconic, metal furniture, designed the inexpensive house as a prototype that could be produced in quantity, shipped to France's colonies in Africa and assembled. No piece of the house is longer than 13 feet or weighs more than 220 pounds. The built prototype remained in Brazzaville, Congo for half a century until it was flown back to France for restoration in 1999. Prior to its current installation at the Hammer, the house has only been exhibited once outside of France, when it was erected at the Yale School of Architecture earlier this year.





Diana Lind