By Kri­sti­na Ra­der­schad — pho­tos by Ch­ri­stian Schau­lin words by Mas­si­mi­lia­no Gi­ber­ti

Art in the moun­tains — p. 52

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De­si­gned in the la­te six­ties by Mar­cel Breuer, this re­sort in the Fren­ch Alps com­bi­nes ar­chi­tec­tu­re and sce­na­ry. Wi­th a lit­tle help from si­te- spe­ci­fic works by Pi­cas­so, Va­sa­re­ly and Jean Du­buf­fet Snowy woo­ded slo­pes sur­round the Flai­ne Ho­tel, a hu­mun­gous con­cre­te buil­ding that stands out star­kly from its sur­roun­dings, yet ma­na­ges to re­spect the en­vi­ron­men­tal equi­li­brium. It was built in 1969, fol­lo­wing the in­tui­tion of geo­phy­si­ci­st Eric Bois­son­nas, who de­ci­ded to team ci­ty plan­ning, ar­chi­tec­tu­re and de­si­gn at 1,600 me­tres a. s. l. The pro­ject for the me­ga re­sort was com­mis­sio­ned to Mar­cel Breuer, a mae­stro of mo­dern ar­chi­tec­tu­re. The re­sult is a ma­cro ar­chi­tec­tu­ral or­ga­ni­sm, lar­ge and func­tio­nal, but al­so ca­pa­ble of con­vey­ing an im­po­sing evo­ca­ti­ve char­ge, bo­th th­rou­gh the re­la­tion­ship it en­joys wi­th its sur­roun­dings and in the co­sy warm­th of its in­te­riors. The buil­dings that ma­ke up this ar­chi­tec­tu­ral com­plex are or­ga­ni­sed on th­ree main le­vels, lin­ked by two wal­k­ways and ex­ter­nal lif­ts. The de­si­gner’s choi­ce was in fact to stan­dar­di­se

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