For how many years do we build today? Houses should be built to last 25 to 30 years. What is built in concrete lasts for centuries, it cannot be destroyed again. For urban planners, such long lasting construction is a catastrophe, it blocks potential construction sites […] I’d much rather see buildings for about 30 years (one generation), so that afterward they can be moved or torn down (used again or sold on the second-hand market). Our children will want to do something completely different.
Room 10 Jean Prouvé, École de Dieulouard
The Nomadic Constructor: Jean Prouvé and Alain Banneel
by Michael Boyd
Alain Banneel has been central to the construction of several demountable structures by Jean Prouvé, as undertaken by Robert Rubin and others, since 2005 when the Tropical House was retrieved from Africa. The moveable structure went on an elaborate world tour, starting in France, at Presles, in the hometown of Alain Banneel. The project then moved on to New Haven at Yale, where Robert Rubin was studying architecture history. Next the mobile structure was installed in the gardens of the Hammer Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Then the Tropical House was exhibited in Paris, at Centre Georges Pompidou. Eventually the structure was put up in Nancy, the hometown of Jean Prouvé, first at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Nancy, and then at The Musée de Fer before finally being erected in Brussels, at the Citroen Garage. Alain Banneel supervised and spearheaded each of these installations and exhibitions of the Tropical House. Recently, Banneel installed a Propped Type demountable structure from École de Dieulouard—just like Room 10 offered here but repainted a fire engine red—permanently at the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo.
One doesn’t sit in front of a drawing board and say: ‘I’m going to build a house like this or like that’. Never has such an idea crossed my mind. Quite the converse, I have always come to architecture asking myself the question: ‘how could I build this construction?’ The religion that the architects follow isn’t keen on this builder’s reasoning.
Éléments de la structure
|Description||Quantité||Largeur (cm)||Profondeur (cm)||Longueur (cm)|
|Porte / Door||1||88||3.5||210|
|Montants muraux / Wall uprights||8||101||313|
|Embouts de support verticaux / Wall end caps2||2||31||317|
|Menottes (longues) / Mullion uprights (long)||9||6.5||6||306|
|Menottes (court) / Mullion uprights (short)||5||6||6.5||158|
|Mullion avec mécanisme de fenêtre / Mullion with window mechanism||4||6||6.5||159|
|Cove moulage en aluminium / Cove moulding aluminum||16||105||5||28|
|Support en aluminium / Window sash channel||8||3||10||210|
|Panneaux muraux en bois / Wall panels wood||7||98||138|
|Étagères avec des crochets d'origine / Shelves with hooks||7|
|Panneau en métal émaillé / Enameled metal panel||7||94||2||33|
|Section de toit / Roof panel||8||104||34||13 meters|
|Section de toit / Roof panels (for wall sections)||2||56||34||13 meters|
|Étagères en bois / Wood shelves||18||93||22||3|
|Moulure de bois / Wood molding||69||7.5||2||177|
|Moulure de bois / Wood molding||18.5||7.5||2||295|