The site was discovered in 1959 by the geophysicist Eric Boissonnas and the Swiss architect Gérard Chervaz, who then made the bet to create an example of urban planning, contemporary architecture and design, and for which immediate profitability would be subject to esthetic choices and respect for the environment.
Éric and Sylvie Boissonnas entrusted the resort design to Bauhaus master, Marcel Breuer, well known for his many prestigious creations: the Palais de l'Unesco in Paris, the Whitney Museum in New-York...
Today, Flaine is the only ski resort built in the 1960’s to be listed in the French Historical Monuments Survey.
Right from the early design stages, Éric Boissonnas and Marcel Breuer were determined to respect nature. They were careful not to disturb the natural surroundings and to integrate the resort into the mountains. In doing so, the general layout was able to blend in with the environment’s contours, and the different resort levels cannot be seen from one to the other.
Marcel Breuer used his imagination, as well as the best and most innovative techniques of the time:
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The resort boasts a wealth of monumental works of art "Le Boqueteau" by Jean Dubuffet, "La Tête de Femme" by Pablo Picasso and "Les Trois Hexagones" Victor Vasarely.
The Auditorium is home to a Pol Bury fountain.
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