Tropical House


One of the most remarkable experiments in prefabrication was Jean Prouve's Tropical House, designed and built in France and airlifted in 1951 to be assembled in Brazzaville, now the middle of a war zone. It has been rescued by Robert Rubin, who has supervised its restoration and re-assembly at the Yale art and Architecture building until June. TreeHugger spoke with Rubin in November, and learned from him that the process assembly and dissassembly is hard on the house and its fittings, so this may be one of the very few chances to see this masterpiece. Prouve is under-appreciated, his work in building and furniture design is brilliant. A pilgrimage is in order. Thanks to ::archinet for the reminder. Read ::Robert Rubin's commentary by [LA]