Prefabrication and Housing: Light Alternatives

José María de Lapuerta 

Where will Jean Prouvé’s house go? One answer to this question could be US$4.97 million, the price at which Christie’s in New York City sold one of the Maison Tropicale prototypes that were designed for Brazzaville – without plumbing, electricity, heating, air conditioning, kitchen and bathroom, and with a usable floor area of just 92 square meters, meaning a price per square meter, without land, of $54,100. Barely three months later, the same auction house failed to find a buyer for Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, in California, and another company proved unable to set up for purchase Louis Kahn’s Esherick House in Philadelphia... [+]

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