Bringing brutalism back into fashion

More than half a century ago, three very different individuals joined forces to create a ski resort with a difference at Les Arcs in the French Alps

27th October, 2019
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Les Arcs resort: the village was something of an architectural laboratory in the 1960s

If you have skied in France’s purpose-built resorts, you may remember them as ugly, even brutal-looking. These avant-garde mountain ‘towns’ were controversial when built in the late 1960s. Even today, they can prove challenging to the aesthetic values of skiers dreaming of picture-postcard scenery.

But when you discover the architectural and cultural history of French modernist resorts, they take on a new perspective. You may even begin to think of them...

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