The Yacht Club de Monaco’s new premises reinforce the Principality’s attractiveness on the international stage. This emblematic building designed by Foster + Partners in association with the Giraldi firm is on the port, and features large deck-like terraces stepping up along the harbour, fully glazed façade and a mast on the roof. It has been designed in response to the local climate and sets high standards in sustainable design that complies with HQE standards. A passive design, the structure balances shade and natural light and the glass facades can be opened for natural ventilation.


Photovoltaic cells, solar thermal panels and sea water cooling systems take advantage of the sun and waterfront site. LED low energy lighting, state of the art systems to manage energy use, waste and water, and points to recharge electric-powered cars have been integrated into the design. Account has been taken of the life-time sustainability of the building, a factor behind the choice of local materials such as the use of European oak on the terraces, isolation panels and recycled aggregates for the foundations, as well as employing local companies. The Green Building approach also aims to minimise the impact of building works on the neighbours.



Materials used:


External timber flooring: FSC Elondo Ivorense Hardwood. Processed and dried in Europe.


Interior: FSC European Oak for the parquet floors with joints picking up the detail on boats, making large surfaces reflecting the natural movement of the wood


Interior wall cladding: big format gloss white lacquered panels with aluminium inserts, giving maximum flexibility for hanging


In the cabins’ bathrooms: Thassos marble


Internal ceilings: FSC European oak triangular slats with acoustic backing