Remy Schejbal

A WALK THROUGH LUXURY: THE MONTE CARLO PAVILLIONS BY AFFINE DESIGN

Set in the picturesque destination that is Monte Carlo are the aptly named “Les Pavillons de Monte Carlo” or in English “The Monte Carlo Pavillions “- an interim construction, which has to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing and stylish places to shop. Its home to some of the world’s most luxurious brands (Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Chopard, Piaget, Yves Saint Laurent etc) and is currently the ideal destination for those wishing to indulge in chic and elegant shopping. Its a MUST for your list of summer holiday destinations.

Designed by Paris-based Affine Design, The curvaceous pavilions look most beguiling at twilight, illuminating with the rest of their surroundings, encased in palm trees and taking centre stage. They are located between the Avenue de la Costa and Place du Casino, covering a surface area of 2,500sq m, enough space to accommodate a total of 20 shops in an entirely car-free environment. Spacious walkways separate the structures enabling pedestrians wander seamlessly from shop to shop. Each pavilion structure ranges in shape and size, ranging from 220 – 600 sq m, with a maximum ceiling height of 10m. The convex structures are constructed using demountable shells clad in white aluminium panels.

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One of the biggest challenges in constructing the pavilions was to remain in-keeping with the classic, glamorous surroundings and atmosphere that exist in Monte-Carlo. The project enlisted the help of landscape designer and Mediterranean expert Jean Mus, whose ancestors can be credited with rejuvenating several gardens throughout the Cote d’Azur. Together with Mus, the designers and constructers were able to create a structure that complements its environment.

Architect Cherif Jahlan summarised the project, describing how:

‘Pedestrians [are] able to escape the urban environment by accessing the Place du Casino through the Petite Afrique gardens, which has been home to many unique and extraordinary plants, flowers and trees for more than a century’.

Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer, launchers of the project, have temporarily displaced the luxury boutiques, which occupy the pavilion sites, to the confines of the Jardins des Boulingrins for the last stage of the renovation of the Hôtel de Paris and the Sporting d’Hiver, which started in June 2013. The temporary pavilions are said to last a maximum of 4 years.

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Exemplifying green urbanism and sustainable development, the project has established an authentic, dynamic area for visitors and locals of Monaco and the Riviera alike. So on your next summer holiday be sure to visit this famous quarter of Monaco which is famous for its style with luxury hotels, prime real estate, amazing superyachts, as well as transportation by helicopter, plus (if you have a large enough budget), Les Pavillons de Monte Carlo is certainly a good place to spend on shopping.