The Maison Tropicale is under construction outside Tate Modern on the South Bank of the Thames.
It was designed by Jean Prouvé and originally erected in Brazzaville in 1951, in what is now the Republic of the Congo. The design was intended to address the shortage of housing in France’s African colonies. The house was prefabricated in France from folded sheet steel and aluminium. It has been heavily restored and is now part of the Design Museum’s exhibition, Jean Prouvé – The Poetics of the Technical Object, which opens on Tuesday.
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