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A classic of modern design has been saved from squatters, snipers and
the Congolese jungle. Amelia Gentleman reports
Amelia Gentleman
Tuesday August 31, 2004


Vanessa Thorpe, arts and media correspondent
Sunday January 20, 2008
The Observer

 From the steamy jungle of Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo to the
January drizzle of London's South Bank comes a tropical villa for the
people. This weekend sees the construction of an unlikely addition to
the capital's skyline: a prototype Modernist house designed in the
Fifties by French architect Jean Prouvé.

The historic colonial building, a kind of flatpack pioneer, has been
brought to Britain for the first time by the Design Museum in
partnership with Tate Modern. Today the gallery is halfway through
reassembling La Maison Tropicale, which will stand close to the site
occupied by Louise Bourgeois's towering spider sculpture, Maman. The
Tate hopes the new house will be visited by as many as two million people.