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Old December 2nd, 2009, 09:29 PM   #1
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MONACO | Projects & Construction

It's odd there wasn't a thread about Monaco yet!

Everybody has already heard about Monaco I suppose, the ritzy principality enclaved in the south-east of France, on the Mediterranean coast. Monaco is an independent state, member of the UN, even though it is quite integrated with France, the French state controlling several aspects of the principality, in particular appointing the prime-minister of Monaco and collecting the VAT (sales tax) in Monaco (which it then redistributes to the Monaco government).

The Principality of Monaco has a land area of exactly 2.02 km² (i.e. 0.78 sq. miles; this is a little bit less than two-third of the size of Central Park in NYC, or about 2.5 times the size of the Forbidden City in Beijing). At the 2008 census, it had 35,352 inhabitants, 28% of whom are French citizens, 22% are Monaco citizens, 19% are Italian citizens, and the remaining 31% come from many countries. French is the official as well as most spoken language in Monaco (Monégasque, the original Ligurian dialect of the city, is now only spoken by a dwindling number of old people). The principality is so small that part of the urban area of Monaco is located on French soil. If we include the part that is on French soil, the urban area of Monaco has 104,477 inhabitants in total (35,352 in the principality itself and 69,125 on French soil). The population of the principality itself is stagnant (all the principality is already built-up, so the only possibility to increase the population would be either to reclaim land from the sea or... build skyscrapers... hence this thread). As for the population of the part of the Monaco urban area that lies on French soil, it has grown by a modest +0.45% per annum these past years.

Map of Monaco:


Here you have an ordnance map showing the principality of Monaco and some of its suburbs on the French side of the border (the principality is contained within the orange line, whereas the suburbs beyond the line such as Beausoleil, Cap-d'Ail, Roquebrune, etc. constitute the part of the Monaco urban area that lies on French territory). The whole urban area has 104,477 inhabitants.


In 2008 there were 48.695 employees working in the principality of Monaco itself. Self-employed people are not counted. If they were counted, there would probably be a total of something like 56,000 people working in the principality (both employees and self-employed), which means a job density of 27,700 jobs per km², higher than in Central Paris. Given that the population of the principality is only 35,352, that means many people commute to the principality every day (authorities estimate that only 15% of the people who work in the principality also live there, while 76% live in France and commute to Monaco every day, and 9% live in Italy and also commute to Monaco every day). On top of these 56,000 people who work in the principality itself, there were also 16,061 people (in 2006) working in the part of the Monaco urban area lying on French soil, which means the total number of people who work in the entire urban area is about 72,000.

The GDP of the Principality of Monaco in 2007 was 5.98 billion US dollars (in terms of size, that means the tiny principality has an economy larger than Nicaragua, Laos, or Montenegro, and almost as large as Mauritius, Madagascar, or Malta). There are no estimates of the GDP produced in the part of the urban area lying on French soil, so I cannot give you the GDP of the whole urban area. Not only is the economy of Monaco disproportionately large compared to its tiny population, but it is also growing fast. In 2006, the economy of Monaco grew by 5.4%. In 2007 the economy grew at the Chinese rate of 14.6%. 2008 growth rates haven't been published yet. If it continues to grow at this rate, the Monaco economy could soon pass larger economies such as Cambodia and Namibia in total output, maybe even Iceland due to the collapse of the Icelandic economy.

As a result of this very high economic growth, the number of jobs in Monaco is also increasing a lot. Between 2000 and 2008, the number of private sector employee jobs in the principality itself increased by 27% (that's about 1,200 new jobs added every year). Note that tourism and the casino account for only about 25% of Monaco's economy. The other main sectors in Monaco's economy are commerce, finance, real estate, and manufacturing industries (biotechnology and pharmaceuticals in particular).

On this picture you can see the Monaco urban area (both the principality itself and the parts of the urban area on French soil). I have indicated the limit between the Monaco urban area and the Nice urban area, as well as downtown Nice, Nice Airport, and Cannes. Many of the commuters who come to work in Monaco every day live in Nice.
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 09:32 PM   #2
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Ok, now that you know more about the demographic and economic context of Monaco, let's come to the skyscraper projects. First of all, contrary to what many people imagine, there are no real skyscrapers in Monaco to speak of. The steep hills of Monaco may give the impression that buildings built there are skyscrapers, but in fact at the moment the tallest building in Monaco is only 111 meter high (i.e. its roof is 111 meters/364 feet above street level). It is said the former prince, Rainier III, who died in 2005, was opposed to skyscrapers and imposed an unofficial height limit. The current prince, however, Rainier and Grace of Monaco's son Albert II, is said to be in favor of skyscrapers, contrary to his late father. The principality has no choice anyway if they want to keep growing, as I explained above.

That's the current prince of Monaco, Albert II, posing in front of a photograph of his über-beautiful mother Grace of Monaco, who died in a car accident 27 years ago:


Here you have what's currently the tallest building in Monaco, Le Millefiori, 111 meter high, built in 1969 (it's unbelievable that no taller building has been built in 40 years!):


Here some views of Monaco showing some of the tallest buildings in the principality:












The most recent projects under the late prince Rainier III looked more like this, nicely built, but not very tall. Typical central Parisian mid-rise height:

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Old December 2nd, 2009, 09:34 PM   #3
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Things are about to change with the announcement of a 49-floor tower, the Odéon Tower (Tour Odéon). This is the first true skyscraper to be built in Monaco. The top of the Odéon Tower will be 170 meters (558 feet) above street-level , but 217 meters (712 feet) above sea-level. So in terms of height, from a distance it should look like the Montparnasse Tower in Paris. Considerably taller than any building currently standing in Monaco.

The Odéon Tower will contain 10 underground parking levels, a business center located in the first 7 floors above ground (with 4,000 m² of offices, some retail areas, and a 1,000 m² spa & fitness center), and then from the 8th floor to the 49th floor there will be 177 luxury apartments affording exceptional views over the Mediterranean Sea (the apartments will have a floor space of 80 m² to 145 m² and will cost 10 to 20 million euros each, in case you wanna buy one... staggeringly high prices really). The last floors of the towers will be occupied by a "spectacular villa penthouse" with a floor space of 3,000 m² (I wonder how many million euros for that one ).

The architect is Alexandre Giraldi, from Monaco. The construction of the tower will take 5 years and is expected to cause disturbances in the streets of the tiny principality for the next 5 years. 200 workers will be daily on the construction site. Built next to the Charles III high school, construction machines and equipment will occupy the high school playground, since there's no other space to put them. To compensate for the loss of the playground, it was decided that a new flat playground would be built above the roof of the high school. Monaco, the vertical city!

The Odéon Tower will be built in the east of the principality, almost on the border with France. People in the neighboring French municipality of Beausoleil are extremely upset because they say the tower will block their view of the sea, and devalue their properties. They are up in arms against the tower, but there's not much that they can do given that Monaco is a sovereign country.

Here a satellite view showing the location of the Odéon Tower, next to the border with France (and Beausoleil):


This render was made by the association of Beausoleil homeowners opposed to the tower (the design is theirs, it's not the true design of the tower). They say the top of the tower will be 230 meters above sea-level, whereas other sources I've seen say they top will be 217 meters above sea-level.


Here is a true render of the Odéon Tower:




Small scale model of the tower:


Here the Odéon Tower in its environment:


Here a render made by the forumer Parcdesprinces from above (French side of the border). I don't know if the height is correct.


Now, concerning the construction timeline: the building permit was issued by the government of the principality of Monaco on March 26, 2009. The new playground was built on the roof of the Charles III high school during the summer. Cranes and construction machines have arrived on site and are now occupying the old street-level playground of the Charles III high school. The construction site was consecrated by a priest on November 4, 2009 (Catholicism is the official state religion in Monaco), which is equivalent to a laying of the foundation stone ceremony in other countries. Construction is due to start in earnest this winter. However, homeowner associations from the neighboring French municipality of Beausoleil are doing all they can to stop everything, and they have raised the matter with French authorities (Nicolas Sarkozy is even said to be following the situation from Paris), but the pro-growth French authorities do not want to block the project (the principality of Monaco selected the French company Vinci to build the tower, and this amounts to a contract worth 370 million euros/560 million dollars, which the French authorities say is a welcome windfall for the French economy in these times of economic crisis). Foundation work should take 2 years due to the complicated terrain (Monaco is located on a dangerous seismic fault), so the tower should start to rise above ground only towards the end of 2011. The tower is due to be completed and opened in the summer of 2014.

With the new prince of Monaco being in favor of skyscrapers contrary to his father, the Odéon Tower could be the first of new skyscrapers to rise in Monaco.
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 09:42 PM   #4
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Glad to hear the good news on Odeon Tower. Most of Monaco's highrises are butt-ugly. The distinctiveness of the new tower will provide a refreshing new focal point.
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Old December 4th, 2009, 04:13 PM   #5
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The old buildings are probably some of the ugliest tall building in Europe!
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Old January 20th, 2010, 01:19 PM   #6
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This will be a big week in the life of Chestnut's Street's Boyd Theater. Having narrowly escaped a threatened demolition, the theater is now being used as the means to leverage a glamorous new hotel on Sansom Street that will operate under the Kimpton's Monaco flag. The project's developer, Hal Wheeler, will be making stops at the Planning Commission Tuesday (1 p.m.) and the Zoning Board of Adjustment on Wednesday to seek the city's blessing for the curving, 320-foot hotel tower.

There's a lot to like about the design, by Martinez + Johnson Architects, who are known for their theater restorations. They did a huge amount of research on the theater when they were employed by Live Nation, which had planned to convert the movie house to a venue for Broadway-style shows. They even uncovered some decoration that had been masked by previous renovations. When developer Hal Wheeler agreed recently to buy the building and build the hotel, he wisely took on the same architects. Their beautifully detailed renovation drawings promise good things for the neglected theater. You can read some of the recent saga here and here in my columns, or go to the Friends of the Boyd website

Given the frozen state of real estate, you can't help but wonder how the developer expects to pull off this $130 million project. But the Boyd project actually has more going for it financially that some other recently proposed designs (ie. ACC). For starters, the financial world is likely to look more kindly on hotel projects because of the anticipated need for more guest rooms after the expanded convention center is finished in 2011. Wheeler's strategy for financing the project also taps into a variety of money pots. He plans to have the project qualify for federal historic tax credits. More immediately, he is applying for a $12 million grant from a state fund devoted to cultural projects. He's looking for additional federal tax credits for projects in blighted areas, which, believe it not, includes Center City. All in all, Wheeler says he feels confident that he can start construction in late 2009. He's even considering opening the theater first, before the hotel tower is completed.
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Old June 14th, 2010, 08:02 PM   #7
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Another tower project for Monaco. This is the tour Giroflées, by French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. It's located on rue des Giroflées, along the French border. It will be a residential tower, containing 29,000 m² (310,000 sq ft) of floor space.





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Old June 14th, 2010, 08:11 PM   #8
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Latest pictures showing the construction site of the 170 m (558 ft) tour Odéon (see message #3 for more details).







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Before:


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Go Monaco, go!
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Old September 27th, 2010, 02:29 PM   #10
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Wow, I had no idea there were so many construction in Monaco ))

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Old November 7th, 2010, 11:10 PM   #11
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just thought id bump this thread.. im really interested in developments around monaco its got to be the densest area on the entire continent, id love to see some more updates from here!!

do we have any forum members residing in or around this country? id really appreciate some news on whats going on here..
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Old November 8th, 2010, 12:29 AM   #12
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We know Prince Albert reads us with great attention.
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Old November 8th, 2010, 01:58 AM   #13
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Since City of Rain asked about recent news, here's the most recent article about the 170 m (558 ft) Tour Odéon (Odéon Tower) published in the newspaper Nice Matin last Tuesday. I've translated the article in English.
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Tour Odéon in Monaco: "Construction is entering an active phase"

Nice Matin
November 2, 2010


The construction site is about to be split in two parts to anticipate the future construction phases, among them the laying of the foundations. Tour Odéon should be completed and opened in 2014.

Started about a year ago, construction of the Tour Odéon is proceeding on time. The first foundations should be visible in the end of 2011.

The last time we checked it, in February, the construction site looked "terraced". Since then, the construction site, which will celebrate its first anniversary in December, has changed considerably. The first change is visible as soon as you arrive on Avenue de l'Annonciade: a three-story portico, inside which workers and project managers have established their quarters. An identical building should rise next to it in March to house the new workers due to arrive.

On the ground, the cramped construction site has turned into a vast space. Little dust comes out of it, despite the fact that the excavators are still at work. "To date, 50% of the excavations have been conducted" says the architect, Alexandre Giraldi. The workers are currently building micropile retaining walls in the upper part of the site. This is meant to stabilize the steep soil verges. "All the piles have been drilled. We install tie rods and anchors to stabilize the structure, then we spray gunned concrete to build the retaining walls", explains Alexandre Giraldi. "We move 2.7 meters per 2.7 meters, in a few weeks time. Construction is entering an active phase. The construction site looks different from one month to the next", states Patrice Dublé, project manager for Tour Odéon at the Vinci construction company.

The foundations should be completed in the end of 2011

If 2010 was the year or excavations and earthwork, 2011 will be the year of foundations. Their preparation, on the one hand, and their completion, on the other hand. In order to achieve this, the construction site is being split in two parts. There will be an upper construction site and a lower construction site. "A temporary retaining structure will divide the site in two parts. This will allow us to anticipate on the next phases of construction, and free lots of space", explains Alexandre Giraldi. "In the end of 2011 [2010?], the earthwork on the ground floor level will be completed. We'll then start the foundations of Tour Odéon." 150 people should then work on the construction site.

According to the construction managers, the schedule is "respected". They are thus confident that the first floors above ground will rise in 2012. In preparation for this, the assembly of the 170-meter high G2 crane, which will be the tallest of the four cranes used for the construction, has already started. The tower is scheduled to be completed and opened in 2014.

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A new render of Tour Odéon.

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Old November 10th, 2010, 12:59 AM   #15
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thanks a lot, brisavoine this project looks freakin amazing.. id love to see monaco get even more and taller highrises, as well as some of them getting recladded (and perhaps heightened, as well!)

are you a resident of monaco, or what? and what did you mean by "We know Prince Albert reads us with great attention"? this cant be serious?
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What an utter disaster. Another charming little Monaco cul de sac destroyed forever by butt ugly insensitive planning. And the building is hideous. It's like the worst of the ticky tack 80s. The principality seems determined to rip out every last bit of charm from the place. Nothing good there has been built since 1935. Monaco's government should be buying up apartments and buildings in existing structures (God knows they've got the cash) and building better on existing sites, not eliminating the last remaining low rise areas, aside from The Rock. Monaco shouldn't have any more highrise: it should all be lowrise - what millionaires in the last remaining villas want a skyscaper next door? The whole principality desperately needs better planning: for such a rich place its planning is on a level with Cairos: utterly Third World. They should get Jan Gehl's team in to review roads for one thing. When they put the railway underground, they lost the chance of the century to create an outstanding urban park and walking/running path: they took the short term view and sold the land for development, whereas a government with vision would have capitalised on the enhanced value of the buildings aligning it and reclaimed costs that way. When it comes to taste, the Grimaldis make the Windsors look like the Medicis.

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A huge crane has arrived in pieces last week on the constuction site of the 170 meter (560 ft) Tour Odéon. The tower is now going to emerge from the ground.

According to Monaco Matin, the first floor above the ground will appear in May, and then they will add one floor every week. By the summer the tower will already be 40 meters high. The crane will be 200 meters tall.



Some pictures of the construction site taken by the Niçois forumer Monmix on April 24, 2011 (sorry, no more recent pics, except the arrival of the crane in the pic above which is from last week):





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Some recent renders of the Tour Odéon.



















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Another high-rise building, Le Simona, is currently under construction in Monaco. Designed by architect Jean-Pierre Lott, Le Simona will be 90 meter (290 ft) high, and will have 23 floors. Cost: 35 million euros (46 million dollars). Floor area: 15,000 m² (161,500 sq feet). This tower is noticeable for its very small base on the ground (footprint), only 400 m² (4,300 sq feet). It will contain 24 appartments with 4 bedrooms each, terraces, private swimming pools in each appartment, large collective swimming pool for the building, and fitness center.

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Views of the tower under construction (it should be completed in 2012).

April 26, 2010:
(pic from Structurae)


September 19, 2010:
(pic from Structurae)


November 2010:






February 2011:


April 22, 2011
(pic from Structurae)




September 18, 2011:
(by the Niçois forumer Monmix)


October 8, 2011 :
(pic by Skyrus)


January 15, 2012:
(by the Niçois forumer Monmix)


Unknown dates:
(all 6 pictures by the architect Jean-Pierre Lott)











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The Sporting d'Hiver, an Art Deco building built in 1932 on the central square of Monte Carlo, next to the famous Monte Carlo Casino, with large rooms and ten-metre-high ceilings, and used for international conferences and receptions, is going to be.... demolished!

This is the Sporting d'Hiver that is going to be torn down:





It will be replaced by a series of glass walled midrise buildings with a commercial street in the middle. The buildings will contain shops, luxury apartments to be rented, offices, an art gallery, and a conference hall. The project, called Carré d'Or, was designed by the famous architect Richard Rogers. Demolition and construction are scheduled to start in 2016 and be completed in 2020.

Some renders:









This level of urban demolition-construction is more akin to China than Europe. It's unprecedented in today's Europe as far as I know. What do you guys think?

THIS:


will be replaced by

THIS:




The buildings will be 7 floor high in the front near the Hôtel de Paris (to the left) and 12 floor high in the back, which will create a transition with the Sun Tower that is visible in the background.


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