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When Architecture and Tourism Meet: La Grande Motte's Pyramids by the Seaside

09:30 - 21 July, 2017
When Architecture and Tourism Meet: La Grande Motte's Pyramids by the Seaside, © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ville-architecturale-de-la-Grande-Motte.JPG'>Wikimedia user Jjoulie</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>
© Wikimedia user Jjoulie licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Given a chance to realize the architect’s dream of creating his own utopian city from a blank slate, French architect Jean Balladur was inspired by lost civilizations of the past. His designs recall the architecture of grand Mayan ruins with some added flair from the 1960s, all in the form of a seaside resort village in southern France, La Grande Motte. Balladur devoted nearly 30 years to his life’s work, which today welcomes over 2 million tourists annually.

"La Grande Pyramide". Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Grande_motte_02.jpg'>Wikimedia user Alain Caraco</a> licensed under <a href='http://https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> "Le Temple du Soleil". Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Temple_du_soleil_Grande-Motte_059.jpg'>Wikimedia user Dinkley</a> licensed under <a href='http://https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexbaranov/5231503058/'>Flickr user alexbaranov</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> Public domain image <a href='https://pixabay.com/en/modern-architecture-france-beach-620035/'>via Pixabay user Jackmac34</a> +16

Youth Centre / Zakarian-Navelet Architectes

15:00 - 2 February, 2017
Youth Centre / Zakarian-Navelet Architectes, © Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    La Grande-Motte, France
  • Architects in Charge

    Stanislas Zakarian, Olivier Navelet
  • Area

    142.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015

The PortHole / TOMA!

15:00 - 21 July, 2015
The PortHole / TOMA!, © Tiziano Zannordo
© Tiziano Zannordo

© Photoarchitecture Courtesy of TOMA! © Tiziano Zannordo Courtesy of TOMA! +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    La Grande-Motte, France
  • Architects in Charge

    Antonio Nardozzi, María Dolores Del Sol Ontalba [TOMA! – team of manufacturers architects]
  • Area

    9.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Breath Box / NAS Architecture

01:00 - 15 August, 2014
Breath Box / NAS Architecture, © Paul Kozlowski
© Paul Kozlowski

© Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    4 Esplanade Maurice Justin, 34280 La Grande-Motte, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Hadrien Balalud De Saint Jean, Guillaume Giraud, Johan Laure
  • Client

    Festival of Lively Architecture (FAV)
  • Area

    20.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Mirrored Seafront Pavilion Among Seven Installations at Festival Des Architectures Vives

01:00 - 5 August, 2014
Mirrored Seafront Pavilion Among Seven Installations at Festival Des Architectures Vives, NAS Architecture's Breath Box- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski
NAS Architecture's Breath Box- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski

Each summer, the French cities of Montpellier and La Grande Motte host Le Festival Des Architectures Vives (Festival of Lively Architecture). These twin festivals seek to raise awareness about architecture among the public, and to give needed exposure to the work of up-and-coming designers. In the process, they also draw attention to previously unknown places in the two cities—in Montpellier, many of the private courtyards in the city are opened to the public specifically for the festival. In La Grande Motte, the exhibition weaves its way through the city center, a site designated as “Heritage of the 20th Century” due to the prevalence of works designed by architect Jean Balladur. This year’s festivals featured a total of 18 temporary installations. Read more about the festivals, and view photos, after the break.

Marion Moustey and Alex Arcens Onde Sensuelle- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski NAS Architecture's Breath Box- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski Lea Corba and Nicolas Baudru's Sensualite Invisible- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski Fakir's Sens Dessous Sen Dessous- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski +33

La Grande Motte / N+B Architectes

01:00 - 12 April, 2012
La Grande Motte / N+B Architectes, © Paul Kozlowski
© Paul Kozlowski

© Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    La Grande Motte City, Montpellier, France
  • Architects

    N+B Architectes - Elodie Nourrigat, Jacques Brion
  • Associated Architect

    Julien Wafflart
  • Project Manager

    Representative
  • Client

    La ville de la Grande Motte
  • Building Scale

    RDC
  • Site Area

    1.515 sqm
  • Cost

    835.000 € HT
  • Photographs