19 June 2020 - 7h38
This mixed real estate operation made in Monaco by the Groupe Segond – the works were entrusted to Vinci Construction Monaco, the realization to the architect Alexandre Giraldi and the interiors to the cabinet Humbert&Poyet – is completed avenue de la Costa. If, from the outside, this ultra-luxurious glass tower catches the eye with its modern curves and opulence, inside, the nine prestigious apartments confirm that it is by no means a smokescreen. The Gazette de Monaco was able to visit one of the project’s four duplexes.
Going up Avenue Princesse Alice, you can see it in the background, already well inserted in the urban landscape, between the Sun Tower and the recent One Monte-Carlo. Just before turning off onto avenue de la Costa, at the corner, the luxury ready-to-wear Bottega Veneta showcase announces the colour, “gold” of course. Once at the foot of 26 Carré Or, the entrance is simply unmissable, almost intimidating with its majestic double glass doors, each struck with the brass logo. All the tricks have been found to take advantage of the available space, as Christophe Poyet recalls. “It is a very narrow plot and despite everything, we have a slender building with a double height of ceiling created at the entrance to reinforce this theatrical arrival”. He adds: “It is not a large hall but the rendering is prestigious. The monumental door, decorated with the logo, gives the place an undeniable cachet.”
Welcome to… Gatsby!
Once in the entrance of the residence, how not to allude to Gatsby? The visitor finds himself propelled into this fabulous universe, among other things skillfully orchestrated by the play of light from the wall lights that warm the noble materials decorating the hall. On one side, the custom-made Carrara marble front desk, on the other, a section of wall dressed in diamond mirrors that responds to it. On the floor, black and white marbles with geometric patterns, veritable “leitmotifs” of the interior decoration of the entire project, deliberately in an Art Deco style, explains Emil Humbert. “We moved to Italy to select all the marble layouts as well as the grain. The relationship with architect Alexandre Giraldi and promoter Eric Segond was very interesting and fruitful, with their teams they are particularly involved in their projects and it is very motivating for the success of such operations,” he added.
Parking, the object of all care
Now to the elevators, which serve the car park floors from -3 to -8, with around ten parking spaces per level. The detail has been pushed to its climax since the colour codes of the entire residence have been reproduced in this place which is not usually the subject of so much care. “We imagined it like a car showroom. It was worked with perforated metal plates on the walls and metal blades suspended from the ceiling, to give a modern rhythm. We have also created this black strip which runs over the entire wall surface of the car park and draws the numbers of the spaces allocated to residents. It’s a unique parking lot,” enthuses Emil Humbert.
A “divine” spa area
On level -2, the spa and fitness area is only accessible to residents of the tower. Here too, the care given to the finishes is remarkable. The place immerses the visitor in the heart of ancient Greece. “It is a divine place with rows of full-body columns that plunge into this ancient basin,” commented Emil Humbert soberly. Sauna, hammam – whose bench was in full-body marble – with its starry ceiling, male and female changing rooms with subtle shades of light brown leather to distinguish the two entrances… And still these touches echo the other spaces of the residence, some additional adaptations. “The lights have other finishes in more technical fabric, specific to wet spaces”, comments Christophe Poyet, comparing the lights of the spa to those of the entrance hall.
Nine exceptional properties
From the ground floor to the 3rd floor, the 26 Carré Or therefore accommodates commercial and office spaces. Then, from the 4th to the 7th, four apartments of 400sqm each, benefit from the enjoyment of a full floor. From the 8th to the 15th, four exceptional duplexes of 800sqm including terraces were built and finally, on the last levels, from the 16th to the 19th, the famous penthouse, its private pool and its 360° panoramic view. During this visit, we enter the duplex located on the 10th and 11th floors. The elevator, which leads directly to the apartment, opens its doors to the lobby where its Olympian staircase stands, the “centerpiece” which joins the two floors of the property. “We have the luxury of having large circulation spaces with double doors for all reception rooms. This gives extremely modern and unique external perspectives for Monaco,” analyses the designer duo.
From floor to ceiling, the large bay windows filter natural light and offer incredible views, with the Casino on one side and the Rock on the other. Fully equipped with the latest technology and motorised, they allow, once opened, to offer even more depth to this central living room and thus create the illusion of a summer lounge, particularly appreciable on sunny days. In fact, transparency was the watchword of this operation. The kitchen also received precious attention with an elegant distinction brought by a bronze separating element, between the central island unit and the dining area. As for the ground, it was covered by a pattern of three marbles which consecrates to the place “a very strong identity”.
En suite master bedroom
By taking the stairs to access the sleeping area, you access the en suite master bedroom with bathroom and dressing rooms, under the living room. “The sizes of the living room and the master bedroom measure 100sqm which represents very large volumes for the Principality”, specifies Christophe Poyet. And the spirit of the “Roaring Twenties” and its splendour continues. Quality silk velvet headboard, tailor-made cornices, white or ivory Stucco frames depending on the room… The bathrooms all have marble variations and each have their TV/mirror. The finishes touches echo each other, such as the door handles, switches or fittings in nickel and their details, chrome on the bathroom side door, brass on the door on the dressing room side, to always harmonise with the greatest taste in decoration of each room. In the other rooms, the sculpted skirting boards or the brass floor inserts are all the more evidence of strong aesthetic attention.
From 3D… to reality
If “all apartments have received the same level of finishing tocuhes”, the details for the penthouse have necessarily been more elaborate. For example, the bathtub was made of full-body marble or the ironwork levels of the staircase, serving four levels, were extremely refined. “These are the little details that punctuate the apartment and make the difference on delivery,” admit the decorators. But what they are particularly proud of is the final result. Because indeed, difficult to play the spot the difference game with the 3D model of the time. “The 26 Carré Or is a very beautiful project on which we started to work five years ago and today it has materialised 100%”. This operation is now – literally – engraved in gold letters in Monaco.
© Francis Amiand
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