As known, Monaco is identified with luxury, royalty, the sea, casinos and, of course, the most spectacular yachts. It also boasts one of the most exclusive yacht clubs on the planet: the Yacht Club of Monaco.
This prestigious private institution opened its doors in 2014, designed and developed by Norman Foster, one of the biggest names in modern architecture. At first glance, the building of the Yacht Club of Monaco seems to emulate the typical design of the large luxury vessels, docked in its marine, but it looks so spectacular that it ends up outshining them.
With a total area of 97,000 square feet, the imposing building has 54,000 square feet of interior space; the rest are semi-covered areas and large terraces. Its five floors are connected by the twin aft stairs and an imposing central spiral staircase.
The inviting glass structure interior features spectacular views of the marina. Completing its nautical aesthetic, the fourth level has a retractable canvas roof located on a sort of rigid structure that simulates the boom, which continues to reach the two towering 100-foot tall masts located at the front of the building. The new space also boasts 26 moorings for larger vessels up to 180 feet long.
The Yacht Club of Monaco offers all kinds of amenities such as restaurants, ballrooms, special event space, public areas and a private club on the first floor. It also has a stylish library with more than 1,600 nautical titles, five guest rooms, gyms and a spectacular pool.
In the surrounding area, there is ample parking for 140 cars. The interior was decorated with delicate elegance using Fendi Casa furnishings and materials that evoke luxury liners, such as wood in different textures and shades, polished aluminum and pristine white lacquer. Numerous works of art adorn the halls and the splendid Riva Bar, celebrating the traditional Italian yacht and luxury motorboats manufacturer.
The building is not only beautiful but also modern and environmentally-friendly. It has an elaborate system of photo voltaic panels for electricity generation, as well as a novel and sophisticated cooling system that operates using seawater. Combined, these resources yield energy savings of 60 percent.