Pre-Fab

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@toe.head and @chriso_on_earth fucking fabulous on the pre fab 📹: @bumblemeek

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Jean Prouve, Prototype of the Demountable Barrack Units for the Engineering Corps of the 5th Army. (1939)

 For this project, Prouve made use of a production principle that he had previously employed for the barracks of a young peoples vacation resort in Onville: The barracks’ load bearing structure was a perimeter frame, lined with wooden panels. At the test run for assembling the units, conducted in Berkenwald in Alsace before the general staff, the time needed to build each structure amounted to no more than three hours. The French army ordered 275 of these barracks, but production had to be stopped due to the German invasion.

Unknown Architect, La Step d’Aïre, (1965)

 Recently slated for demolition, this early pre-fab building was saved after the completion of a three year study concentrating on the restoration of (mostly anonymous) post war industrial and pre-fab architecture by the architects from EPFL’s Laboratory of Techniques and Preservation of Modern Architecture (TSAM).