Monday, November 17, 2014

La Grande-Motte - France

One last card sent by Damien. I've never heard about La Grande-Motte before but apparently the city is a very famous resort in France.
La Grande-Motte is a commune in the Hérault département in Languedoc-Roussillon in southern France. It is a popular seaside resort and port, built in the 1960s and 1970s. La Grande-Motte is characterized by homogeneous architecture; many of the prominent buildings are pyramidal in form. - in: wikipedia

Born from the imagination of architect-philosopher, Jean Balladur, La Grande Motte rose from the earth at the end of the 1960s. Its architecture calls to mind both the pre-Columbian pyramids of Teotihuacan in Mexico and the balance between Yin and Yang. It was designed as a ‘global’ city, like Brasilia by the famous Oscar Niemeyer or Chandigarh by the equally famous Le Corbusier.
After 30 years of hard work and an enthusiasm which never flagged, Jean Balladur managed to convince the authorities to accept his plans to make La Grande Motte a sustainable town where the architecture has been designed for people. The town was awarded the title of “20th Century Heritage Site” by the Ministry of Culture in 2010, the ultimate accolade for the quality of his work. - in:

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