Each balcony has a small drain-pipe to prevent ponding of snow-melt in winter and driven rain in summer. The building has stood the test of time well.
My translation of the 1972 article goes like this: ” The network of circulation spaces owes its ‘ rustic ‘ appearance to the flooring of Vaugirard brick paviours, enhanced through discreet and judicious lighting above each entrance.”
I like the varnished timber benches and the industrial scale fenestration; on a sunny day it is a gloriously warm place to sit and dream of skiing down the Masse slopes opposite.
There is limited woodland at this altitude; it makes for a starkness in cloudy and low-light conditions.
The architects played ‘ jeux ‘ ( games ) with the proportions of the elements of the building; with the white painted concrete balconies and the natural slate-hanging facades at the front and rear of the building.
The apartment buildings at Brelin, La Croisette in Les Menuires are just over 40 years old. They were heralded in the March 1972 edition of the journal of SCIVABEL ( SOCIETE DE CONSTRUCTION IMMOBILIERE DE LA VALLEE DES BELLEVILLE ) as being a visual ‘ harmonious contrast ‘ – between the whiteness of painted concrete and the darkness of natural vertical slate hanging on its external elevations. I’m in full agreement! The building looks spectacular – almost like an ocean-going liner, with jutting prow, against the white mountainside.