|Intercommunality||Pays de l'Or|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Stephan Rossignol|
|• Land1||10.58 km2 (4.08 sq mi)|
|• Population2 Density||790/km2 (2,000/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||34344 / 34280|
|Elevation||0–3 m (0–9.8 ft)
(avg. 3 m or 9.8 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
La Grande-Motte is a commune in the Hérault département in Languedoc-Roussillon in southern France. It is a popular seaside resort and port, built in the 1960s and 1970s. La Grande-Motte is characterized by homogeneous architecture; the most visible are the buildings in the shape of a pyramid. With 2 million tourists per year it is one of the favorite resorts of the French.
La Grande-Motte is twinned with:
Between 1960 and 1975, on virgin ground beachfront dunes, artificially irrigated to create a green, stands the resort town of La Grande Motte. The architect Jean Balladur drew inspiration for his architectural urban project in pre-Columbian pyramids of Teotihuacan - Mexico - and modern architecture in Brazil, especially in the works of architect Oscar Niemeyer. On a base area of 750 hectares including 450 hectares of land and 300 acres pond, developed the master plan for the seaside resort, and planning of settlements, defined the principles and application templates with prompts for each plot. The project considered the urbanization camping areas, the town, the marina, the city park. The landscaper Pierre Pillet collaborated on the project, selecting resistant plant species for the sea-climate. Jean Balladur imagined a green city. Also projected parking no more than 600 meters away from the coast, to walk to the beach without using a car. The project incorporated large open spaces surrounding the pyramids. Squares and parks, and sports and leisure services, would form the new city. Public and private beaches, marina and water sports activities complement. The Congress and Conerencias palace, Casino and Church of St. Augustine, are also milestones in place.
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