Given the cramped nature of its space, the Principality has no other choice than to take to the sea to increase its surface area and create new neighborhoods. Monaco therefore has a long tradition of sea extension works, as evidenced by the current districts of Larvotto and Fontvieille. The Mareterra is the last sea extension project underway. Zoom on this extraordinary project which will transform the Monegasque landscape.
Mareterra is the name of the project which will see the construction of an area on the sea of approximately 6 hectares. This maritime infrastructure will be part of the “Anse du Portier” district. Mareterra will be a neighborhood with different faces with the ambition to combine sustainable development with services and housing. Supported by great figures such as Renzo Piano, Denis Valode or the landscape designer Michel Desvigne, the district was designed to blend harmoniously into the territory of the Principality. The first decisions relating to this extraordinary project date back to 2013 while the authorization for the works was signed in July 2015. The first works really started in April 2017 and should continue until December 2024, when the new one is delivered. district.
In terms of public facilities, the district will include a public car park, a green park of approximately 0.6 hectares and a coastal promenade. We will find there the extension of the Monegasque Congress Center, “the Grimaldi Forum”. Finally, a marina will be set up which will have around fifteen possible anchorages for boats. In addition to these developments, the area will have shops, collective and individual housing.
The focus is on the environment with more than 800 trees planted, more than 27,000 m² of green areas, 21,000 m² of pedestrian space and a 600 m cycle path. The environmental issue has also been taken into account when it comes to energy. Thus, Mareterra will use the latest innovations in energy production and management such as smartgrid, smart lighting, smart electricity. The district will make significant use of renewable energies with the installation of solar panels, electric charging stations for cars and bicycles, the presence of an electric shuttle connecting the Larvotto beach, etc.
Mareterra will soon be the new trendy area of the Principality with its luxury villas and residences.
The Renzo is a luxury building that will be located in the western part of the neighborhood. With its atypical architecture, it will be the figurehead of the new district. Shaped like a boat, this building will be located between the port and the Mediterranean.
Further east, the water gardens are other residences that offer large balconies with a direct view of the Mediterranean. These residences will combine many services such as a spa, a fitness center, meeting rooms, hairdressing salons, massage rooms, swimming pools, etc.
Finally, the peculiarity of Mareterra is undoubtedly the presence of luxury single-family homes. In the form of a villa or a townhouse, these residences will provide a unique view of the Mediterranean while being perfectly integrated into the environment.