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2020-01-06T15:15:54+00:00January 4, 2020|Monaco, News|

Anse du Portier: a space dedicated to the public

Seen from the sea, Anse du Portier offers a mineral landscape in the foreground, with its belt of protective caissons absorbing the energy of the swell and the force of the waves.
In the background, it offers a green landscape composed of low growing plants (scrubland species) and tall endemic trees.
Within this six-hectare complex, the entirely pedestrian district is divided into different sectors, each a destination in its own right:

The ‘port d’animation’. Photos © Principauté de Monaco – SAM L’Anse du Portier – Renzo Piano
Building Workshop – Valode & Pistre Architectes – Michel Desvigne Paysagiste.
  • The port (18 berths). With its reasonable proportions and timeless charm, it is inspired by the spirit of the small Mediterranean ports and their colourful life. Whether in Italy, Greece or Monaco, this is where it all happens.
The salt water swimming pool at the entrance to the port (on left) and the transparent walls of the pool under construction (on right).
Photos © Principauté de Monaco – SAM L’Anse du Portier – Renzo Piano Building Workshop – Valode & Pistre Architectes – Michel Desvigne Paysagiste & © SAM L’Anse du Portier.
  • At the entrance to the port of Anse du Portier is a salt water swimming pool. One of its sides is a large bay window opening onto the sea and the seabed.

The Upper Square. Located above the port, it provides a wide access to the district. This vast shaded space for walking and relaxing is completed by water games and a symbolic landmark: a work of the American sculptor and painter, Alexander Calder.

The Upper Square. Photo © Principauté de Monaco – SAM L’Anse du Portier – Renzo Piano Building Workshop – Valode & Pistre Architectes – Michel Desvigne Paysagiste.
  • The coastal promenade. Stretching more than 500 metres, it is a link between the Larvotto (beaches) and Monte-Carlo (or Hercules Port) and will be beautifully lit up at night. Its profile highlights the sinuous shape of this new 21st century coastline. On the Hercules Port side, the promenade widens into the Lower Square overlooking the sea.
The coastal promenade. Photos © Principauté de Monaco – SAM L’Anse du Portier – Renzo Piano Building Workshop Valode & Pistre Architectes – Michel Desvigne Paysagiste.
  • The pine forest. This forest extends over one hectare. With 1,000 tall trees it is the Principality’s largest green space. It is crossed by a valley, between the Upper Square and the Larvotto district. It shelters a hill accessible from the valley by various paths. There is a lookout point which, oriented both towards the Principality and the mountains, offers a unique view of Monaco.
The pine forest. Photo © Principauté de Monaco – SAM L’Anse du Portier – Renzo Piano Building Workshop – Valode & Pistre Architectes – Michel Desvigne Paysagiste.

In the spirit of the legendary Riviera and its villas nestled on the shore, amidst trees and gardens, the whole residential area of the Anse du Portier district is located by the sea. On its right-hand side, the new district includes ten villas along the curve of the extension, followed by five buildings whose height increase gently from north to south, thus offering a regular and harmonious development up to the port d’animation. They are a natural part of the new complex comprised of the Anse du Portier, Monte-Carlo and Larvotto districts.

The line of buildings develops according to a progressive elevation. Photo © Principauté de Monaco – SAM L’Anse du Portier – Renzo Piano Building Workshop – Valode & Pistre Architectes – Michel Desvigne Paysagiste.

Five entry points allow pedestrian access to the eco-district:

  • The Upper Square and the two ends of the promenade are the main entrances to the new district.
  • The esplanade of the Grimaldi Forum, the congress and exhibition centre, leads into the heart of the Anse du Portier district.

Access to the district from the Grimaldi Forum. Photo © Principauté de Monaco – SAM L’Anse du Portier – Renzo Piano Building Workshop – Valode & Pistre Architectes – Michel Desvigne Paysagiste.
  • The Japanese garden is another pedestrian access to the Anse du Portier district.

Anse du Portier is a completely pedestrian district. Photo © Principauté de Monaco – SAM L’Anse du Portier – Renzo Piano Building Workshop – Valode & Pistre Architectes – Michel Desvigne Paysagiste.

The new district is a destination in its own right for walkers. Its natural integration into the Principality’s coastline redefines the coastal urban landscape. It is the largest pedestrian zone in Monaco and includes a 1.5 km stretch of coastline between the Larvotto beaches and Hercules Port. To avoid disturbing the serenity of this space, vehicle access is underground. Residents, shopkeepers, staff of the various public and private services in charge of general maintenance, will be able to enter from the Portier roundabout. They will have access to the underground car parks serving the various buildings and villas, as well as the galleries that house the technical premises, the reserves for deliveries or the storage points for containers used for selective waste sorting.