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History, art & architecture

Flaine, where Man, Art and the Mountains come together

Eric and Sylvie Boissonnas - art, architecture & history - Ski resort of Flaine - French Alps - Haute-Savoie

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.

Flaine's history

The architect... Marcel Breuer
Marcel Breuer - architecte of Flaine ski resort - art, architecture & history - French alps - France

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.

Functional and integrated

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. 

Forward-thinking with your comfort in mind

Marcel Breuer used his imagination, as well as the best and most innovative techniques of the time:

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Flaine : Art & Architecture

An open-air museum

Le Boqueteau des 7 arbres de Jean Dubuffet - ski resort of Flaine - art, architecture & history - French Alps - France

Hôtel le Flaine - Art, architecture & history - Ski resort of Flaine - Haute-Savoie - French Alps - FranceFlaine is home to an exceptional array of art and architecture, thanks to its creators, Éric and Sylvie Boissonnas.

The resort’s architectural forefathers, the emblematic «Le Flaine» hotel, with its sun terrace overlooking the precipice, and the «Bételgeuse» building were inagurated in 1969 and listed in the French Historical Monuments Survey in 1991.
The ecumenical chapel is listed on French Historical Monuments since December 2014.
Marcel Breuer’s Flaine was awarded the «Architectural Heritage of the 20th century» label by the Ministry of Culture in 2008.

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.
Discover the architecture and art of this listed resort:

Discover through this film (15min), the creation of Flaine: