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La Grande-Motte (Hérault, south of France).

Seaside resort of the Languedoc coast, next to Montpellier, La Grande-Motte was built in the 60-70's, between the Mauguio pond and the Mediterranean sea, on a marshy land.
The city is marked by an architectural homogeneity, around its buildings which look like pyramids.

In 1960, France wanted to compete with the seaside resorts of Spain and try to attract tourists in the south of France. Then, the RACINE mission gave the project to the architect Jean Balladur.
He decided to do something different from the French Riviera where casinos and palaces border a sea boulevard. He wanted a place to welcome mass tourism.
He drew a grid pattern, dug a port, set sport fields...
The buildings remind pre-Columbian pyramids with their balconies and terraces.

This typical architecture allowed the city to be listed into the "XXth century Heritage" in 2010.

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