The Prouvé House

Jean Prouvé’s story (1901-1984) is closely linked to the history of Nancy, where he grew up and deployed his genius as a constructor.

Jean Prouvé at the musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy

The museum gives pride of place to the work of Jean Prouvé, an internationally-renowned builder – or constructeur as he called himself- born in Nancy. At the heart of the permanent itinerary are thirty items demonstrating his innovative construction ideas.

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Jean Prouvé’s house, a 20th Century icon

Jean Prouvé’s house is a 20th Century icon for lovers of architecture and design. Built in 1954, this representative work stands on the heights of the city on a sloping plot of land that was considered inaccessible and is a fine example of Jean Prouvé’s ingenious construction principles: simple design, lightweight materials and rapid assembly. It was assembled one summer by the family, helped by a few friends, using prefabricated components. The simple, functional interior layout and sober fittings are impressively modern.

Jean Prouvé Workshops office

When, in autumn 1946, Jean Prouvé transferred his workshops to Maxéville, he began by designing his own office: a small, lightweight metal-framed pavilion measuring 8 x 8 metres. This prototype, with its axial portico, summarises his construction research for building houses in large numbers that were quick and easy to assemble. The office was saved from destruction when Jean Prouvé left the Maxéville factories: it was re-assembled in 1957, below his house in Nancy.

The house and Workshops office have been listed as Historic Monuments since 1987. The site is open to visitors on Saturday afternoons during the summer.

La maison Prouvé en visite virtuelle

Practical information

Jean Prouvé’s House is open to visitors from the first weekend in June to the last weekend in September.

Guided tours on Saturdays at 2.15, 3.15 and 4.15 pm for individual visitors

No booking, within the limits of available places
Prices : 6€ / 4€

Group bookings : on request
resa.nancymusees@mairie-nancy.fr or + 33 (0)3.83.85.30.01 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 12.30 pm)

Jean Prouvé’s House
4-6 rue Augustin Hacquart, Nancy
Bus line 2, Alix Leclerc  stop 

Jean Prouvé’s House is part of the international Iconic Houses network, which includes all the iconic houses built in the 20th Century and open to the public.

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