Transforming a 1944 House Design into a Contemporary Retreat

Richard Rogers and his team at RSHP have re-imagined Jean Prouvé’s “6×6 Demountable House” for Design Miami/Basel 2015. The house, which was originally designed in 1944 by Prouvé, was intended to rehouse war victims in France. RSHP have adopted it to create a self-contained family holiday home.


The Demountable House - Richard Rogers - Jean Prouvé - Exterior - Humble Homes

The recreation consists of a simple gabled structure and two satellite living areas that are accessed from the central building via a small bridge. The exterior is finished with wood siding for the walls, and a seam metal roof (I’m not quite sure what the circular satellite living areas are finished in).


The Demountable House - Richard Rogers - Jean Prouvé - Model Exterior - Humble Homes

The house is accessed from the large set of patio doors that provide the majority of daylighting for the main building (although there are some smaller side windows). The exterior deck to the front can also be folded up to secure the house when it’s not in use, or during severe weather conditions.


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The interior serves as an open plan living and dining room. It’s pictured with a single bed, however there’s easily enough space to incorporate extra sleeping accommodation. The two satellite living areas contain the home’s bathroom and kitchen.

The Demountable House - Richard Rogers - Jean Prouvé - Model Exterior Roof - Humble Homes

Hot water and electricity are provided for by a set of solar panels that are set off to the side of the building. The panels are mounted on a series of trolleys that will allow you to optimize their orientation and angle for maximum energy gain.

The Demountable House - Richard Rogers - Jean Prouvé - Model Plan - Humble Homes

Like the original design, all the components that make up the holiday home can be manually assembled or dismantled on site. RSHP’s contemporary adaptation has helped to breathe some new life into the existing project, and has acted as a blueprint for further workings of other historical Prouvé homes.

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Photos: RSHP

For more retreats and small houses check out Cabin 2 by Maddison Architects. Or, this summer house in Sweden that features a climbing wall for a roof. See all small houses.

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. Have a tiny house ,that was builted in 1937.Has some structure promblems,anyone have any ideas who can give me a honest answer if its can be saved.Have had conflicting answers.

  2. what are the problems with the house? I live now in a house that was built in either the 1930s, 1940s or the early 1950s. The place has fuses for the electrical box. I have water pressure in the tub after the former owner changed the water heater for the house in front of mine and the plumber turned off my water also at the meter. The plumber is saying that the problem is behind the spigot on the tub.

    If the problems are plumbing and electrical, see if the work can be done late fall and winter? The price would be lower? If the problem is exterior, call various companies and see what they recommend or if he is either painting or remodeling with either the kitchen, bathroom, see also if someone can do something during the late fall or early winter so that it would be cheaper for you. I have seen people do exterior but have not seen them put up the outside fixtures up outside on the exterior of the house. I assume though I do not know that the owners/workers are doing the inside first and get everything there done first and then do the exterior. If you could do some of the things yourself, that would help with the labor costs. Talk with someone of the people and see if they could teach you. They would get free labor and you can ask questions and decide what would be the best thing you want to do. Also check with the library and check out some of the books and check with your family and friends and people at your church, temple, etc and see if anyone could help you find several solutions that could help you. Also check with a school either college or high school to see if they offer any shop or electrical/plumbing or whatever you need to see if there are any students who could help you with your project. They get experience and you get the help at a cheaper rate and you might learn something that you might want to do.