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February 2016
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In Flaine, a pop Totem in a Bauhaus station


Flaine station is probably the most “archi» station of France! Many ignore it, but the rough concrete buildings that are erected around the Flaine Forum is the work of the star architect and designer, Marcel Breuer, who designed the Unesco building in Paris and the Whitney Museum in New York. This is also the creator of the famous Wassily chair that fans of design furniture are snapping … Bauhaus architect, he also designed the original buildings of the Flaine resort which came out of the ground in 1969. Concrete , square and straight lines that hug the mountain, the “diamond points” that animate the facades … His work is masterful in the eye of the ones who know how to recognize the work of a great architect. And the new Terminal Neige hotel that just opened is precisely nestled in one of the Breuer buildings. It complements the station in hosting offers that did not include any hotel but only tourist houses. And it is also a first one for the Sibuet group that is opening there an address with very different tones from its other residences, resolutely turned towards the high end, as with Les Fermes de Marie in Megève or the Domaine de la Baume in Tourtour . Terminal Neige – The Totem is the first of a series of affordable facilities (ranked 3 stars, rooms from 145 euros) that the family Sibuet intends to open in the French mountains (the next one in 2018 in Avoriaz will be the Terminal Neige – Station). All the talent of the Sibuet group was to respect the legacy of Marcel Breuer leaving the concrete the master material in these places. Including on caisson ceilings in the rooms. The “loft” is it a large suite with several bedrooms and a living room in the middle of which stands one of the last chimneys designed by Breuer. A single piece of art, suspended from the ceiling, in a concrete shell that has not changed over the years. Gorgeous ! We also like the Pure Altitude Spa and decoration of public spaces such as the bar and restaurant. The Sibuet have mottled 70s, pop and cool furniture . Old regressive video game terminals delight the”quadra” customer . The light is everywhere. Urban, sporty and vintage at the same time, the Totem Flaine brings new life to this little-known station where monumental sculptures are arranged by Dubuffet, Picasso and Vasarely. To urgently discover for not skiing ignorantly and enjoy the privilege of staying in a resort that was perhaps too ahead of its time and must be rediscovered with new eyes …


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