BUILDING DESIGNED BY LORD FOSTER
The Yacht Club de Monaco’s new building has been designed by world-renowned architects Foster + Partners, led by Chairman and Founder Lord Foster. Over the past four decades he has pioneered a sustainable approach to architecture and ecology through a wide range of work for which his practice has received over 650 awards and citations for excellence. He has been awarded architecture’s highest accolades, including the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture (Royal Institute of British Architects), the French Academy of Architecture Gold Medal and the coveted Pritzker Prize.
From his earliest projects, Lord Foster has embraced the most advanced technology and continues to work closely with the practice’s teams of architects and engineers. This project has been carried out in collaboration with the Monegasque architect Alexandre Giraldi, supervised by the Public Works Department. Designed to be both aesthetically pleasing and hi-tech, it has been built to HQE® (Haute Qualité Environnementale) standards to minimize disruption during building, control energy and water usage; hydro-cooling, acoustic, water quality…)
Selection of projects designed by Lord Foster: His work includes the Millau Viaduct and the Carré d’Art, Nîmes in France, the Swiss Re tower and the Great Court at the British Museum in London, the Hearst Headquarters tower in New York, and the Reichstag German Parliament in Berlin.
“This building has been designed like a miniature city, integrated into the existing urban landscape of Monaco. I wanted it to be open to the outdoors. The terraces resemble decks on a boat, along the harbour to give uninterrupted views of the races out to sea, and the F1 Grand Prix track inland. The landscaped roof of the Sports Section complements the sequence of green spaces in this densely populated city and forms a new link in the pedestrian route between the quayside and Casino Square,” comments Lord Foster.
Jacques Grange Jacques Grange is one of the most talented of the French designers working globally and has been involved in several projects with Fendi Casa. The Jacques Grange style defines a new yachting lifestyle where the furniture blends into the space in a naturally casual way. Clients include influential figures like Yves Saint-Laurent and HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover.
In the Yacht Club, lounge, living areas and reception rooms feature the Fendi Casa Contemporary collection with Soho and Metropolitan sofas, Serengeti tables with matching Blixen chairs and small Colombus tables, in an eclectic design-meets-classicism spirit created by Jacques Grange. An exercise with a modern touch that faithfully interprets the Monaco royal family’s values, in juxtaposing esprit and originality. Pastel shades with authentic essences of natural leather, sand and ivory best describe the furnishings. The white furniture for the terrace and pool has been selected from the Fendi Outdoor Collection. White cushions embroidered with the Yacht Club’s red logo are enhanced by elegant red piping.
A new and harmonious take on classicism in all its splendour is to be found in HSH Prince Albert II’s office. Here Jacques Grange has created a unique space of balanced proportions expertly sculpted to create a charming yet exclusive environment totally in keeping with the Yacht Club style. Dominating the centre is an iconic rectangular Margutta sycamore and ebony table embedded with a graphic maxi motif and stylised Fendi logo. Matching Ripetta chairs contribute to the refined, evocative yet non-conformist atmosphere.
“I am delighted to have been able to contribute with Fendi to this stunning Yacht Club de Monaco building designed by Norman Foster, happy also to have worked with the royal family with whom I have longstanding links of respect and friendship. I was very touched by Alberto Vignatelli’s generosity in making available items of furniture from the Casa Fendi collection, and I thank him most sincerely”, says Jacques Grange.
Nelson Wilmotte Collaboration with Nelson Wilmot for the design of the Moët Hennessy Bar.