Pascal Häusermann

Balcon de Belledonne, 1966

In the tradition of his experimentations with ovoid architectures, Pascal Häusermann and his wife, Claude Häusermann-Costy built one of his major works, the Balcon de Belledonne. Perched 1200 metres/4000 feet up near Chambéry, with a splendid sweeping view, this restaurant, which includes a small leisure centre, was built using a reinforced concrete veil, entailing no shuttering. Focusing on the interpenetration of ovoid spaces, the whole takes on the form of a cell-like aggregate. Around the central cell are an adjoining office, a circular terrace looking over a suspended swimming pool, and, slightly to one side, a small outbuilding for sanitary facilities.

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