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Portier Cove – Anse du Portier

Portier Cove – Anse du Portier
Construction Year: 2022

Portier Cove, Monaco’s new eco-district is designed as an extension of the Principality’s existing coastline from the Grimaldi Forum to the Formula One tunnel.

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 1950sFrom 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.

Portier Cove has been designed to integrate with the existing coastline of the Principality both aesthetically and environmentally. 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.

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