La Grande Motte, an ideal town built on the virgin soil of Camargue in the 1960s, today boasts the title of ‘20th Century Heritage Site’
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.