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Jean Prouvé's site

The Jean Prouvé family house and the Factory's office pavilion

4-6 rue Augustin Hacquard - 54000 Nancy

Jean Prouvé (1901-1984), one of the greatest designers of the 20th century, has deeply influenced the history of architecture and design. His creations, hailed for their modern simplicity and groundbreaking designs, had a wide appeal to people.


Jean Prouvé's life is intimately linked to the city of Nancy where he has raised and where he lived until 1984. The family house he built in 1984 as well as the Factory's office pavilion made for the fisrt time in 1947 in Maxéville, are some of his most personal designs, both places to live and work, and places showing and demonstrating his continuous research.

The house and the Factory's office pavilion are classified Historical Monuments since 1987.

The family house

Considered as one of Jean Prouvé's most symbolic work, his house is among the 20th century most important individual house's architectures. Nowadays, it is the property of the city of Nancy, nonetheless it has preserved its primary purpose as a famuly house.

Built on a slope known to be an inaccessible site, his house i a proof of the ingenuity of Jean Prouvé's building principles: design's simplicity, lightness of the building materials, rapidity of construction. As a fact, it was built over one summer by the Prouvé family, helped by a couple of friends, with prefabricated materials. Its interior design, easy and functional, the simplicity of its surface plan shows an impressive modernity.

The Factory's office pavilion

When in the autumn 1946, Jean Prouvé moved his factory to a new site in Maxéville, he started by building his own office: a small pavilion of 8 x 8 meters made of a steel framework. This prototype with an axial portico exemplified his building research for mass-produced with quick and easy assemblage's process.

As Jean Prouvé resigned from his own factory, this office pavilion making the entrance of the Factory's site is doomed to destruction by the new board. Some old work companions' team joined to save it and to rebuild it in 1957 below Prouvé's family house.

The city of Nancy and the Musée des Beaux-Arts wish to bring to the attention of the public this unique ensemble of modern architecture and give access ti it by offering guided tours of the Prouvé's family house and a free access to the Factory's office pavilion and the garden (during opening times).