Segments in this Video

Introduction: Jean Prouve's House (01:01)


Jean Prouve built a house for his family in 1954, making the longtime dream come true.

Prefabricated Houses (01:58)

Prouve was a self-taught engineer. Maxeville mass produced houses, which the French people rejected. An aluminum manufacturer bought Maxeville and pushed Prouve out.

Location of House (01:43)

Prouve built his house on a narrow terrace on a steep slope. He used light materials because of the sandy, unstable soil.

House Layout (01:26)

Prouve's house is designed for minimum needs of a family. The plan is linear. A corridor serves every room, lined with cupboards; a side window lights the area.

House Construction (02:48)

Prouve's family built his house in a few weekends. Having lost his factory, he improvised. Learn about the process and materials he used.

Economizing (01:36)

Prouve economizes space, designing rooms for minimal needs. Rounded door corners facilitate production of door and frame from a single panel.

Housing Panels (02:15)

Prouve wanted houses as beautiful and rational as cars and planes. Technical considerations dictate his pothole cutout shape in panels; it brings out beauty in the view.

Living Room (02:09)

The living room sticks out from the "village square" of the house. A glass wall makes it feel like part of the garden.

Kitchen (00:59)

A wooden wall separates the living room from the kitchen, which returns to the one meter pattern after the exception of the living room.

Variations on Common Principle (01:17)

Prouve's is a house of odds and ends. Diverse elements are part of an integrated production plan. Prouve likened his approach to Bach's writing variations on themes.

Change in Plans (02:58)

Prouve intended to use aluminum shells produced at Maxeville in his house; when he lost Maxeville, he turned to laminated wooden panels.

Competing Solutions to Housing Crisis (01:34)

Building his house gave Prouve an outlet after losing his factory. Prouve's vision of lightweight houses lost out to high-rise building in post-War France.

Criticism of Formalism (01:29)

Prouve fought for his architectural vision, teaching at Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers. In a recording, he discusses the defects of contemporary architecture.

Credits: Jean Prouve's House: Architectures - Achievements in Modern Architecture (00:32)

Credits: Jean Prouve's House: Architectures - Achievements in Modern Architecture

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French designer Jean Prouvé sought to create houses as beautiful and rational as planes or cars. His vision of mass production in housing took a hit when he lost his factory. This film looks at the house he built for himself in 1953, and how it put into practice his architectural ideals; the house incarnates his most innovative ideas.

Length: 25 minutes

Item#: BVL65334

ISBN: 978-1-60057-645-4

Copyright date: ©2004

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