HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II, accompanied by the Monaco royal family and the building’s architect Lord Foster, have officially opened the new premises of the Yacht Club de Monaco located at Quai Louis II.

The Monaco Government chose Lord Foster to design the YCM’s new flagship as the renowned British architect is famous for his hi-tech approach to the environment. “When designing this building which is open to the sea, at the centre of the harbour and embracing the city, we wanted to preserve the traditional spirit so dear to the Principality,” said Lord Foster, adding that if this building was a real liner he would call her Free Spirit.

Sleek and elegant with length overall of 200m, the building blends harmoniously into the site, and was built in partnership with the Monaco architect Alexandre Giraldi, supervised by the Public Works Department. Designed to be both aesthetically pleasing and state of the art, it has been constructed to HQE (Haute Qualité Environnementale) standards.