New Architecture will Reinvent Fontvieille
March 06, 2019 - Fontvieille
Studio Fuksashas unveiled plans for a stepped office and commercial building covered inplant-filledterraces, on the waterfront in Monaco.
Referred to by Studio Fuksas as "a vertical park", the scheme will be built on the site of a shopping centre in the south of the city, and will stand alongside a cable car station being designed byShigeru Ban Architects.
The building will contain a mix of cultural and commercial spaces spread over five storeys, which will open out on to a series of curved, linked terraces.
"The new Fontvieille site offers a contemporary, fluid and organic architecture," explained the architecture studio."The greening of the building introduces nature into the urban space, creating a new landscape up to the sea."
Fuksas used different colors for the floor, furniture, and ceiling of each of the building’s five storeys.the ground floor is red, a color that refers to the tiles in the historic center of monaco; the first floor is a sea blue; the second floor is lavender, like the flower that grows in the south of france; and the third floor is ocher, mirroring the tones of the surrounding facades. Finally, in the hanging rooftop garden, the gray used mimics the cliffs of the côte d’azur.
Studio Fuksas' building will be orientated to maximise views of the sea, and designed to "emphasise" the qualities of the surrounding landscape – including the Rock of Monaco.