Flaine, Flaine, France. Architect: Marcel Breuer, 1969.
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|:||Flaine, Flaine, France. Architect: Marcel Breuer, 1969.|
|:||Built in the 60s by one of the most respected and renowned proponents of modernist Bauhaus architecture, Marcel Breuer, the resort (much of which is listed as protected by the French Ministry of Culture) had nothing but noble intentions: "We came up with the idea in 1959 to create, somewhere in France, a prototype for urban planning, architecture and design, the immediate profitability of which would be less important than aesthetic choices and respect for the environment" said Eric Boissonnas, founder of Flaine, in 1994. Marcel Breuer, known among other things for designing the Whitney Museum in New York, the UNESCO Palace in Paris, and most recognisably the Wassily and Cantilever chairs, was chosen as architect for the ambitious new project and work began in 1961. The resort was to be car free, and designed to reflect the surrounding mountains in its use of colour and shape. "Buildings should not be subject to fads, but reflect a general and lasting quality" said Breuer. "Architecture must be based on utility. Irrespective of symmetry, it's intentions should be more direct, as well as it's moral and social responisbility ... The builder should feel free to reject tradition, free to be scientific, human, nontraditional." The resort opened in 1969 and during the following years acquired a public art collection that would be envied by most large cities - permanent outdoor sculptures were installed by the likes of Picasso, Victor Vasarely, Jean Dubuffet and Carl Nesjar.|
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