Portier Cove – Anse du Portier
L'Anse du Portier is not only the most avant-garde and innovative building project in Monaco, it is also the most ambitious in Europe. A master development will allow the creation of a new district of about six hectares (residences and public spaces), adjacent to the Larvotto beach.
As the preservation of marine life is at the heart of the sustainable development philosophy of Monaco and H.S.H. Prince Albert II, there is a real commitment to protect the marine ecosystem of the area where the construction is taking place. The sustainable developments like: rainwater harvesting systems, e-bike stations, solar panels and heat pumps will ensure that energy consumption is in line with the Principality's goal of being totally carbon neutral by 2050.
A luxury eco-district comprising 150 top-of-the-range flats, villas, houses an underground car park, a coastal promenade, a green park, public facilities and a port offering approximately 30 slips.
This prestigious new district promises to become the most sought-after of all and to eclipse the current upmarket districts of the principality. An initial delivery of the buildings should begin in 2022 and then all the work should be completed in 2025.
Portier Cove marks the beginning of a sustainable redevelopment of the eastern territory of Monaco. The new eco-district offers an exclusively pedestrianised surface with many elements:
One hectare public park
Various public walkways, both along the coast and throughout the district, which will connect with existing areas of the Principality
A port offering approximately 30 slips
An underground public car park
Buildings offering both office and retail space
Luxury housing including multi-tenant buildings and private waterfront villas
An extension of the Grimaldi Forum (convention centre)
Cove will integrate with the existing coastline of the Principality both aesthetically and environmentally. It offers a curved coastline, which is an extension of the existing curve depth (35 meters) and allows for the continued natural flow of currents. The landscape architecture is designed as a continuum of the existing landform, which was most recently updated in the 1950s. From inception, each element of Portier Cove has been designed with utmost concern for limiting infringements on the environment. From assessing and preparing the work site, to methods of construction, and sustainable practices for providing energy and utilities to the new buildings; each aspect has been carefully considered to achieve a sustainable and environmentally conscious method of delivering a project of this scale.
SAM L’Anse du Portier, along with Bouygues TP MC, has fully committed to implementing innovative techniques and solutions to achieve the long time values of environmental responsibility of the Principality and to comply with the strict standards outlined in the treaty signed by the parties and the Principality of Monaco in July 2015.
The realisation of this project is an architectural and technical challenge. It responds to the Principality’s ambitious energy transition objectives regarding its commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (becoming carbon neutral by 2050) and to the need for growth in a dynamic and modern country. Part of the challenge is to design and apply construction methods which minimise the impact on the natural environment in agreement with Monaco’s global sustainable development project. The developed areas must make it possible to build a district at the forefront of a new responsible urban energy management, and of new construction methods whose constant objective is to reduce the impact on the environment.
Architects are at the heart of this process. Valode and Pistre Architects and Renzo PianoBuilding Workshop are the two internationally renowned firms that coordinate the work of design teams to bring together design, aesthetics, energy efficiency and sustainable development. Associated with landscape architect Michel Desvigne, they introduce a natural space within this artificial extension.