Monaco Today Issue #01 - Page 130

T Principality News Photo: shutterstock/photosmatic A NEW LOOK FOR THE GARDENS IN FRONT OF THE CASINO T oday, the face of Monaco is changing dramatically. Most of the territory of the principality is undergoing construction – work is underway on the construction of premium luxury residences, such as, for example, the Giroflées Tower in the La Rousse area in northern Monaco, which will accommodate 73 luxury apartments, shops, a spa, a swimming pool and parking on its 22 floors. The construction of the new Princess Grace Hospital building has begun on the avenue Pasteur, with 400 hospital beds and 650 parking spaces. The Testimonio II project is beginning to take its final shape – a new quarter between boulevard d'Italie and avenue Princesse Grace, which includes several luxury residential complexes, parking spaces, landscape parks, and the new International School of Monaco. However, the main construction project will increase the territory of the principality through the expansion of the coastline and the construction of the Portier Cove eco-district. By 2025, villas and luxury apartments, a shopping complex, a new part of the Grimaldi Forum, underground parking, a landscape park and a promenade with a marina will appear here. In July 2018, work began on the creation of an underwater belt with the installation of 18 reinforced concrete caissons, the last of which was installed in mid-September 2019. The new coastline of the principality is now finally formed. The next stage began in mid-October 2019; draining the salt marshes inside this perimeter and filling them with quarry sand; this will require about 750 thousand 130 Monaco Today WINTER 2020 www.monacomc.com he inhabitants of Monaco again had the long- awaited opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view of the Monte-Carlo Casino, going down from avenue de la Costa to Casino Square through the renovated Jardins des Boulingrins. After the opening of the One Monte-Carlo quarter in February 2019, about 20 fashion boutiques, which were previously located in a boulder-shaped structure on the territory of the gardens, moved to new premises, and the structure itself was dismantled. Landscape designers tried to restore the splendour of the gardens, which were designed by French landscape architect Édouard André in 1879, and at the same time integrate them into the infrastructure of the new One Monte-Carlo area. Architect Michel Desvigne, the project manager, made use of documentary evidence, mainly photographs, to restore the splendour of the gardens to that of the era of Edouard Andre. About 50 historical plants that were temporarily transplanted during the construction of the complex were returned and now bask alongside new plants on a gentle slope opposite the Casino building. Jardins des Boulingrins have once again become a place for walking and recreation, as well as a popular location for photographs among numerous guests of the Principality. tons of sand. This phase is expected to be completed in the spring of 2020. The first buildings should be built in 2022, and the entire area will be commissioned and released for exploitation in 2025. anseduportier.mc THE EXTENSION OF MONACO