The Yacht Club de Monaco Clubhouse opened this week, signaling the end of years of construction in the heart of the Principality within minutes from the Monte-Carlo Casino.
The stunning building, which looks just like a liner from the early 20th century, was the brainchild of Lord Norman Foster, one of the most respected architectures of modern times.
Lord Foster said that he had wanted to convey through its architecture “the spirit of sailing”, with deck-like terraces, ‘cabins’ for VIP guests and a swimming pool on the bow like many of the superyachts moored in the port below.
The yacht club offers owners in Monaco a convivial meeting place as well as facilities for visiting nautical guests.
It also includes an exhibition hall, a ballroom, a library and a fitness room as well as a large space in which local children can learn all about sailing in a new sailing school facility.
The clubhouse was built to comply with the Principality’s commitment to sustainability. Environmentally-friendly techniques used in building the multi million euro clubhouse included solar thermal panels and sea-water cooling systems.
Lord Foster, who owns a property in nearby Cap Ferrat but who has overseen projects across the world, said he found working in Monaco particularly interesting.
“Any new building must recognise and strengthen the culture of a place-its history, traditions and identity,” he said recently in an interview with Country Life.
“Monaco is particularly interesting as an example of a successful high-density urban model, too often that high density is associated with poor quality of life. Monaco is the opposite and is an example of a sustainable compact, walkable city.”
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