Jean Prouvé’s futuristic house is for sale in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges


This futuristic 60s French house by Jean Prouvé is a poetic blend of industrial and rustic design and is on sale at 1,484 € via Patrice Besse.

Jean Prouvé created the Maison du Dr Gauthier for his daughter Françoise and her son-in-law in 1962, above Saint-Dié-des-Vosges in the wooded Vosges. It is located 80 km from Nancy and is a listed historical monument which embodies many of Prouvé’s design ideas on materials and shapes.

The six-bedroom Grand Est house has ridged aluminum sheet walls with curved edges, set on a concrete platform, with a flat corrugated iron roof. Its metallic sides are interspersed with strips of glazing and nautical-style curved windows and doors.

Wooden ceilings hang over the roof line and red clay tiles flow onto the terrace. Meanwhile, large windows fill the house with light and views.

Jean Prouve's house in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges

Photography: Patrice Besse

Using U-shaped cross beams, Prouvé created wide open living spaces and divides the kitchen, bathroom and utility rooms into a central core with diamond-shaped windows. An original trapezoidal fireplace in trapezoidal metal perched on a Prouvé plinth adds warmth alongside wall shelves and built-in furniture.

Dr. Gauthier’s house is located on a 1.5 acre lot with part of its lower level and a garage in its raised garden.

Take a wheelchair tour of its mid-century spaces.

Jean Prouve's house in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges

Photography: Patrice Besse

Dr. Gauthier's house is embedded in a sloping 1.5 acre lot, with its lower level sunk into the hill

Photography: Patrice Besse

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