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Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Jean Prouvé - La Maison Tropicale

Late French engineer and designer Jean Prouvé and his "La Maison Tropicale" i.e. The Tropical House or a House for the Tropics. The prototype house was designed with 1950s colonial West Africa in mind.

I think there is a lot that can be learnt from this, and since his works date almost over 90 years, it is astounding the concepts that have continued to be repeated and used in this day and age.

The image shows his 'tropical house' which makes use of prefabricated elements, dynamic and movable walls and reflective surfaces.

Despite my worries about a large proportion of the house being constructed out of sheet metal, it is clear to see that this is a design that definitely responds to its surroundings, other than that it was and still is a creative and unique concept.

Since his death, "La Maison Tropicale" is an exhibition that has been toured in several different countries, 



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