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“The principle urban move was to create a major new pedestrianised street lined with shops, restaurants and a public art gallery. Above the shops, the adjacent Hotel de Paris is extended with serviced apartments and offices.”

Ivan Harbour, Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

This mixed-use project redevelops the site currently occupied by the Sporting d’hiver building, located in the very heart of Monte Carlo. Bounded by the Hôtel de Paris, the Hôtel Hermitage and a neighbouring park, the present art deco block offers little public access through the site and dominates the streetscape. Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) have designed a series of mixed-use pavilions that will provide a high density residential and office development, together with retail and conferencing facilities, as well as increased permeability. This key location in Monte Carlo will reassert its historical role in the economic, social and cultural development of the Principality.

The design of the redevelopment is centred on public access, provided at ground level, to enrich central Monte Carlo and create an enhanced sense of place. The re-landscaped design will create an extra 30 per cent public space on the site, breathing new life into the district. The proposed streets provide new connectivity and will be framed by green spaces, with water features and sculptures, and green walls on the pavilion façades.

The organisation of the residential blocks is modular, rational and flexible, allowing for a wide range of apartment fit-out options. If required, each apartment can be customised specifically for its user. A unique contractible façade system, based on the concept of a convertible car roof, features on each building module’s exterior allowing the interior living quarters of each apartment to open up into an external living space, maximising extraordinary views of the city. Light wells between each pair of buildings act to mitigate the impact of the pavilions from a massing point of view and allow light into the new pedestrianised spaces.

One of the most loved features of the existing Sporting d’hiver building is the sumptuous art deco Salle des Arts, used as a major exhibition space. To preserve the architectural heritage of this building, RSHP have proposed the recreation of this cultural centre within a contemporary setting, as was achieved with the Adams Room in RSHP’s Lloyd’s of London (1986). The masterplan of the site has also been designed to accommodate the possibility of a new exhibition hall in a second phase of development.

Our approach responds to the constraints of the site by maintaining the height of surrounding buildings to complete the rhythm of the existing skyline.

Six residential pavilions are included in the design – three along Avenue de Monte Carlo and two along Avenue Princesse Alice – served by two sets of vertical circulation cores. The design and location of the residential units within the pavilions take full advantage of the views across Monte Carlo and particularly the harbour.

The organisation of the residential blocks is modular, rational and flexible, allowing for a wide range of apartment fit-out options. If required, each apartment can be customised specifically for its user. A unique contractable façade system based on the concept of a convertible car roof was applied to each building module’s exterior allowing the interior living quarters of each apartment to open up into an external living space. The office accommodation has been extended to nine floors in order to achieve a more expressive form.

Building on the commercial success of Avenue des Beaux-Arts which runs between Hôtel Hermitage and Place du Casino, a new, mainly pedestrian retail street will be formed through the development, creating a strong, wider axis of public realm between Avenue des Beaux-Arts and Petit Afrique. Level paving and planting along this route will attract more activity into the new retail street as well as into the Avenue des Beaux-Arts itself.

Ivan Harbour, Partner in charge of the project said “The principle urban move was to create a major new pedestrianised street lined with shops, restaurants and a public art gallery. Above the shops, the adjacent Hotel de Paris is extended with serviced apartments and offices”.

The environmental design responds to the dynamics of the external environment while providing a comfortable internal environment. Demand for energy and other resources is minimised; efficient systems and controls are used to reduce consumption levels; renewable resources are employed to meet the project requirements; and highly efficient supply technologies minimise the development’s environmental impact by meeting any residual demand. Heating and cooling of the residential spaces is by water-based pipework systems embedded in floors (heating) and ceilings (cooling); natural cross ventilation is via centrally located riser ducts. The original Salle Des Arts function room from the Sport existing Sporting d’Hiver building is relocated to the basement of the new building to be used as the main space of a conference facility.

This mixed-use project redevelops the site previously occupied by the Sporting d’Hiver, located in the very heart of Monte Carlo.

The present Art Deco block offers little public access through the site and so the new design is comprised of a series of mixed-use pavilions that will provide cultural, retail, residential, office and conference facilities, as well as increased permeability. This key location within Monte Carlo will reassert its historical role in the economic, social and cultural development of the Principality.

The curved shape of each pavilion enables the front facade to be maximised, providing the extraordinary views out as well as an abundance of natural light in. Lightwells between each pair act to mitigate the impact of the buildings from a massing point of view and allow light into the new pedestrianised spaces. The design of the redevelopment is centred around the public access provided at ground level that will enrich central Montecarlo and create an enhanced sense of place. The re-landscaped design will create an extra 30% more public space, breathing new life into the district. The proposed streets provide new connectivity and will be framed by green spaces, with water features and sculptures, and green walls on the pavilion facades.

“The principle urban move was to create a major new pedestrianised street lined with shops, restaurants and a public art gallery. Above the shops, the adjacent Hotel de Paris is extended with serviced apartments and offices.”

Ivan Harbour, Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

This mixed-use project redevelops the site currently occupied by the Sporting d’hiver building, located in the very heart of Monte Carlo. Bounded by the Hôtel de Paris, the Hôtel Hermitage and a neighbouring park, the present art deco block offers little public access through the site and dominates the streetscape. Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) have designed a series of mixed-use pavilions that will provide a high density residential and office development, together with retail and conferencing facilities, as well as increased permeability. This key location in Monte Carlo will reassert its historical role in the economic, social and cultural development of the Principality.

The design of the redevelopment is centred on public access, provided at ground level, to enrich central Monte Carlo and create an enhanced sense of place. The re-landscaped design will create an extra 30 per cent public space on the site, breathing new life into the district. The proposed streets provide new connectivity and will be framed by green spaces, with water features and sculptures, and green walls on the pavilion façades.

The organisation of the residential blocks is modular, rational and flexible, allowing for a wide range of apartment fit-out options. If required, each apartment can be customised specifically for its user. A unique contractible façade system, based on the concept of a convertible car roof, features on each building module’s exterior allowing the interior living quarters of each apartment to open up into an external living space, maximising extraordinary views of the city. Light wells between each pair of buildings act to mitigate the impact of the pavilions from a massing point of view and allow light into the new pedestrianised spaces.

One of the most loved features of the existing Sporting d’hiver building is the sumptuous art deco Salle des Arts, used as a major exhibition space. To preserve the architectural heritage of this building, RSHP have proposed the recreation of this cultural centre within a contemporary setting, as was achieved with the Adams Room in RSHP’s Lloyd’s of London (1986). The masterplan of the site has also been designed to accommodate the possibility of a new exhibition hall in a second phase of development.

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Tadashi Arai
Eleanora Bressi
Torsten Burkhardt
Davide Costa
Benjamin Darras
Ainhoa Abreu Diaz
James Foster
Paul Dosanjh
Tobi Frenzen

Benjamin Garcia Saxe
Christine Geneste
Nandi Han
Ivan Harbour
Amarjit Kalsi
Stephen Le Roith
Tim Moorhouse
Vajini Pannila
Joanna Pencakowski

Michael Pugh
Richard Rogers
Tanya Samarasingha
Charlene Shum
Elisabeth du Souich
Yasmin Al-Ani Spence
Sam Tan
Marco Tessaro
Alex Zimmermann

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Date
2008-ongoing

Client
Société des Bains de Mer de Monaco

Location
Monte Carlo, Monaco

Site Area
5 067 m²

Gross Floor Area
64 571 m²

Co-Architect
Alexandre Giraldi

Structural Engineer
Tractebel Engineering / Expedition

Landscape Architect
Jean Mus / Dan Pearson Studio

Environmental Services Engineer
SNC-Lavalin / BDSP

Façade Engineer
Arcora / Arup

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