Friday, September 4, 2009


Jean Prouvé and Henry Prouvé - Petrol Station, Vitra / Weil am Rhein, Germany (1953)

"Designed by Jean Prouvé with his brother Henry, the petrol station was originally constructed in ca. 1953 for the company Mobil Oil Socony-Vacuum and situated at “Relais des Sangliers“ in the Haute-Loire department of France. In 2003, it was moved to the Vitra Campus and rebuilt as one of only three surviving examples.

The building consists of angular aluminium components and sheeting perforated with bull’s eye cut-outs. The load-bearing structure and wall construction are clearly differentiated from one another, a distinction reinforced by the colour scheme. Many of the buildings by Prouvé constructed out of prefabricated metal components have structural and formal qualities almost identical to his table designs and demonstrate his consistent adherence to tectonic principles in the design process."