Work starts on new Yacht Club

If you've visited Monte Carlo over summer, you can't fail to have noticed the new Yacht Club construction on the south side of Port Hercule. Work began on the site a few months ago, with the foundations of an underground 150 space car park. Above ground, the interior and exterior is expected to evoke images of a transatlantic voyage on a luxury liner, and will include thermal and photovoltaic solar panels, and use natural products from sustainable resources. The building has been designed by architects from the world renowned Norman Foster Group, and Monegasque architect Alexandre Giraldi. At a cost of 90 million euros, it's destined to become a focal point for the port, housing not only the Yacht Club, but also the Rowing Club, exhibition space, the naval museum, and sailing school. Since the building is right next to the Formula 1 Grand Prix track, construction will have to be halted temporarily during May each year, so unfortunately, we'll have to wait until 2011 to see the finished product.