Commissioned all the way back in 2003 and under construction since 2009, the Yacht Club de Monaco has been finally officially opened and proudly takes its place among the principality’s landmarks. The opening celebrations were attended by Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene, as well as the project’s architect, Lord Norman Foster, founder and Chairman of the world-renowned Foster + Partners architecture firm.
The elegant building is set to be the centerpiece of Monaco’s renovated harbor, a symbol of the city’s great yachting tradition. Apart from its stylish and sleek design, it also scores high on the environmentally-friendly scale, with its heavy reliance on renewable energy sources. It incorporates photovoltaic cells, solar thermal panels, and sea water cooling systems, thus taking advantage of the latest technological developments in the area, as well as the building’s location.
Members of the club, as well as those of the other 40 or so other clubs around the world with which Yacht Club de Monaco has agreements, and even outsiders, on some occasions, will now be able the enjoy everything the place has to offer, including an exhibition hall, ballroom, swimming pool, terrace, library, fitness room, and even five spacious guest cabins for travelers stopping by.