20th century heritage
In 2010, La Grande Motte gained the « 20th century heritage » label, awarded by the Ministry of Culture. For the first time in the history of this award, a whole town was recognised. The work carried out with La Grande Motte by Jean Balladur, chief architect, was a major landmark in modern coastal architecture worldwide.
Visiting the town, you will be confronted with its sheer scale and esotericism. It evokes both the pre-Columbian pyramids of Teotihuacan in Mexico and the dialogue between Yin and Yang.
The architect-philosopher used concrete as an artistic support to produce a range of forms. His motifs reflect and repeat on the facades, creating a rhythm and an identity unique to each building. Jean Balladur has also hidden symbols and philosophical meanings. It is up to you to discover them.
Book your guided tour online
With your smartphone, head out on a discovery of 10 emblematic sites of La Grande Motte.
Reports from 2 to 3 minutes will tell you what you need to know about the big pyramid, Point Zéro or the Lampadophores bridge…
Well-documented, they feature the builders of La Grande Motte such as Michèle Goalard, Joséphine Chebvry, Paul Gineste and Pierre Pillet.
To access these reports from your home, go to the Zevisit site on La Grande Motte.