La Grande Motte

La Grande Motte is not merely a city, but an embodiment of Jean Balladur's futuristic vision of the urban environment. It is a habitat where art meets ground-breaking architecture, a seaside resort of fantasy, exoticism, and easy living. Built between 1962 and 1982, La Grande Motte gradually evolved into the green city envisaged by its creator. Here, everything is built around humans and their lives. Art installations, traffic, housing, and landscape architecture are all integral parts of the overall urban design. Every single detail, down to the specifics of the local climate, were taken into consideration to create an environment ideal for its residents. It is a place that isn't reserved for a particular stratum of society, it is a city for everyone. Breaking with the traditional architectural designs of seaside resorts, Jean Balladur drew inspiration from the pre-Colombian capital Teotihuacan in Mexico, Niemeyer's Brasilia, and Bauhaus aesthetics. He also experimented with water, wind, lights, and optical effects as design elements of public spaces. The result is a harmonious and comfortable city for living and vacationing with its own unique charm and breath-taking architecture.

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