Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has modernised the iconic design for the ‘6 metre x 6 metre’ demountable house for use as a holiday home
The adaptation is based on Jean Prouvé’s original plans with the addition of external bathroom and kitchen pods, and a series of service trolleys providing hot water and solar-powered electricity.
Made entirely of wood and metal, the 44m² house can be transported and dismantled easily.
First built to re-house war victims in the Lorraine region of France in 1944, the components were shipped directly to bomb-devastated villages where they could be assembled by two people in a day to provide shelter for the homeless.
RSHP was able to ‘reserve the integrity of the original as a single living space’ by replacing six of the original wooden panels to provide a link bridge connection to each pod. The entrance is made up of four glazed panels leading into the main living space and onto a new external decking platform.
Placing the bathroom and kitchen pods on the outside maintained the flexibility of the original internal layout and the service trolleys ensure the house has an independent supply of water and energy.
The decking is controlled through a counter balance system that can be lowered for use as an outdoor space or raised to be a shutter to protect the glazing.
The RSHP adaptation was showcased at Art Basel 2015 before being transferred for use as a holiday retreat.
Galerie Patrick Seguin commissioned RSHP to adapt the design for the house as an important example of Prouvé’s ‘constructional philosophy’ of architecture based on ‘anaesthetic of functionality and fabrication’.