Marabout House, 1958 short-term housing, on current in Spain

Marabout House: Nineteen Fifties short-term housing launched once more to life

Marabout House – a 1958 short-term housing building – has been rethought by Clément Cividino and is on current in Spain all by way of the summer season season

Design codes from the Nineteen Fifties are celebrated in a model new exhibition that sees a 1958 short-term housing building, Marabout House, launched once more to life. Initially designed by Raymond Camus and constructed at Jean Prouvé’s workshops, the development – at Terra Remota vineyard in Catalonia, Spain – has been completely refurbished by prefabricated construction specialist Clément Cividino.

First created in response to the need for lightweight housing buildings by the French army, the design was used as lodging by way of the Algerian Warfare. French energy agency EDF-GDF commissioned two variations of the 13-sided space, created from metallic, for use as short-term housing inside the Parisian suburbs. One was destroyed, whereas the other is now on present inside the vineyard all by way of the summer season season.

Marabout House: Nineteen Fifties short-term housing revisited

Inside, Cividino has assembled objects from design greats, along with a consuming desk by Charlotte Perriand, chairs by René Martin, a lamp by Bruno Munari, and Marco Zanuso’s ‘Triennale’ sofa.

His work on the mission was a pure step for him: ‘Camus was certainly one of many first people in France to work on industrial, prefabricated housing,’ he says. ‘What’s excellent is that he labored extensively in every Russia and the USA. He moreover contributed to the event of quite a few new cities and labored with well-known architects like Marcel Lods, Jean Dubuisson and mile Aillaud on social housing initiatives. Camus was an precise pioneer.’

Cividino is fascinated by the hyperlink between Prouvé and the Marabout House. ‘We have a plan signed by Prouvé and there is a {photograph}, inside the archives of city of Nancy, of a prototype of the Marabout House at his workshop, with quite a few Prouvé’s private houses inside the background. On the time, there was no particular person increased to assemble harking back to building than Prouvé. Then, what suggestion or modifications he proposed to the preliminary design is anybody’s guess.

‘The Marabout House adheres to a number of Jean Prouvé’s guidelines for lightweight housing buildings. Prouvé himself was vastly impressed by it. He sometimes promoted the Marabout House inside the programs he gave on the Conservatoire Nationwide des Arts et Métiers in Paris and pretty clearly referenced it inside the gas stations he designed for Entire in 1969, which moreover had 13 sides.’ ❤