Sunday 15 May 2011

From the archives: Art Deco delight

Spring seems to be coming and going at the moment, so here's some guaranteed sunshine. This building is a real favourite of mine: it has that perfect seaside resort look.

Now that spring is (intermittently) here, it's time to start thinking of the seaside. Nothing conjures up the golden age of glamour, sunshine and Agatha Christie mysteries better than a bit of art deco, and Pléneuf-Val-André on the Breton coast has a gem. La Rotonde casino was built in 1934 by architects Le Goullec et Petit. It replaced an obsolete Victorian original, and still provides gambling, a restaurant and a jaunty air to the sea front.

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