Prouvé House

Various Locations

A ‘demountable 6x6m house’ fabricated in 1944 by one of the world’s most famous designers; Jean Prouvé, has been transformed into a sustainable, portable holiday home as part of a unique project. The adaptation was commissioned by Galerie Patrick Seguin and designed in collaboration between ourselves, architect, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and structural engineers, Arup.

The portable house was originally created by the French designer to provide emergency shelter to refugees in war-torn France. It’s made entirely from wood and metal, making it easy to transport and able to be assembled in as little as a day.

Designed to bring a new lease of life to this historic piece of housing architecture, whilst pushing the boundaries of sustainable design by creating a portable home that could function independent of infrastructure in practically any climate.

Once occupied, the house will have finite resources, so consideration into energy and water usage for every single product and piece of technology installed, was scrutinised. Any technology that required surplus energy to run had to be discounted so as to achieve the greatest efficiency from the least energy input.


London, UK


Bespoke adaptation


6 m2

Our Role

MEP Consultant/ Environmental Consultant


Portable home independent of infrastructure


Ability to function anywhere in the world in any climate


Modular solutions required


Insulation for timber and metal frame construction


Galerie Patrick Seguin


Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Project Manager

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Main Contractor

Stage One

Shortlisted for the ACE Consultancy & Engineering Awards 2017

Prouvé House

"Over-engineering new buildings has become increasingly common as developers strive to achieve higher energy efficiency ratings; often by throwing endless technology at the problem. This project was a timely reminder of what can be achieved with intelligent design and the smart deployment of appropriate technology.”