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Foster + Partners completes Monaco yacht club

[FIRST LOOK + DRAWINGS + PROJECT DATA] AJ100 chart-topper Foster + Partners has completed a new building for Monaco’s yacht club

The building, which is entered through a glazed courtyard, features a club room, bar and restaurant, offices, a double-height function room, a swimming pool and a series of ‘cabin rooms’ for guests. 

Forming the centrepiece of Monaco’s remodelled harbour, the building is designed as a ‘celebration of sailing’ with large deck-like terrace that face the seafront. 

The scheme includes shops and public spaces at harbour level, while also housing the area’s rowing club and sailing school.  

The building is powered by renewable energy and incorporates photovoltaic cells, solar thermal panels, and sea water cooling systems.

Commenting on the yacht club, Norman Foster said: ‘The building is a little like a city in microcosm, with schools, parks, offices, restaurants, a network of interior circulation ‘streets’ and a hierarchy of public and private, social and functional spaces.

‘It is a continuation of Monaco’s dense urban fabric, as well as the Yacht Club’s traditions and will be an important part of civic life. Every child in Monaco learns sailing at some stage during their education and those lessons will be in the new building – as a result, the Yacht Club will become even more rooted, in a public sense, in the Principality and part of its cultural and urban fabric.’

While Nigel Dancey, senior partner at Foster + Partners, added: ‘With all of our projects, our approach to sustainability is to maximise the natural advantages of the local climate, while mitigating its extremes. We have also used locally sourced or recycled materials.

‘Our starting point for the Yacht Club was extensive analysis of the climate and the way that the different spaces are used. Photovoltaic cells and solar thermal panels convert Monaco’s sunshine to energy, while the sea water is used for cooling and the facades can open completely to allow natural ventilation. To provide shade in the summer, there are sail-like canopies – a reference to the nautical traditions that Monaco is famous for.’ 

Fosters Monaco Yacht Club

Project data

Location Monte Carlo, Monaco
Type of project yacht club 
Client Service des Travaux Publics, Principaute de Monaco  
Architect Foster + Partners 
Collaborating architect Cabinet Alexandre Giraldi
Structural engineer OGER International
M&E engineer OGER International 
Cost consultant Artelia Group
Lighting consultant Claude Engle
Main contractor Engeco/SGTM/SOBEAM
Appointment date 2003
Start on site date 2009
Completion date 2014
Gross internal floor area 26,550m²

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