Designated a historic monument in 1991, this midcentury masterpiece on the coast of France marries indoor/outdoor living with avant-garde prefabrication techniques.
Villa Dollander—the only beachfront property ever built by the acclaimed French constructeur and prefab proponent Jean Prouvé—has hit the market for $7,500,000. The hefty price tag reflects the property’s architectural pedigree and prime location in Lavandou, overlooking Saint Clair Beach and the Mediterranean Sea.
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Fronted with floor-to-ceiling glazing with a minimalist steel frame, the beachfront villa was built using the axial portico construction system Prouvé developed in 1946. The entire house—save for the exposed stone back walls—was prefabricated in parts at factories in Maxéville, transported via rail, and then assembled on-site.
While Prouvé took charge of construction, his brother, architect Henri Prouvé, handled the drawings for the 818-square-foot villa, which was commissioned by Roger Dollander and his family.
The Prouvé brothers organized the prefab’s living spaces within a "day area" measuring six meters square. A "night area" measuring three by ten meters holds three bedrooms and a shared bath. The two separate units are connected by covered walkways.
The home remains largely faithful to the original design, although it features upgraded appliances and the former garage has been transformed into a detached three-bedroom, two-bath guesthouse.
Luxury villa Le Lavandou is now being listed by Côte d'Azur Sotheby's International Realty for 6,360,000€. See the full listing here.
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