Yacht, by Foster

Foster and Partners - Yacht Club de Monaco
Foster + Partners - Yacht Club, Monaco (Copyright Foster +Partners)

Yacht (Photographer: Globetrottel)
Yacht (Photographer: Globetrottel)

For the city-country Monaco Foster + Partners has designed a yacht club that features a nautical iconography, to be more precise – that of a luxury yacht. The stepped decks, aerodynamic perimeter, fully glazed facades, and – off course – flags on the back.

The building is mainly used as a stage, simultaneously for yacht-races at the seaside and the famous F1 Grand-Prix at the roadside. The decks are further programmed from the lower level upwards with shops, a rowing club and sailing school, then a clubroom, bar and restaurant, further up a ballroom, and to finish an apartment for the club secretary together with a series of cabins for visiting guests.

The iconography and function of the building is similar to the stacked-decks-pavilion that David Chipperfield designed for the America Cup, in the city of Valencia.

Foster and Partners - Yacht Club de Monaco
Foster + Partners - Yacht Club, Monaco (Copyright Foster +Partners)

Platinum, the world's largest yacht, Dubai
Platinum, the world’s largest yacht, here in Dubai

Ironically the Yacht Club looks more like the traditional yacht, than the new yacht that Foster + Partners
has designed for YachtPlus, a company founded by some rich guys from the city of London that aims to provide a shared ownership of fully staffed and serviced yachts around the world. The Foster-designed yacht uses the bubble-design that Norman applies to all his buildings, eliminating a sun deck on the front of the boat, in favor of a very spacious interior.

Foster and Partners - YachtPlus 40 Signature Series Boat Fleet
Foster + Partners - Yachtplus (Copyright Foster +Partners)

The project is added to the Top 10, Architects, and Representation pages.


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