Monaco Smart & Sustainable Marina

Architecture Award Call for entries

The Architecture Award for the Smart Marina event is a competition that aims to inspire established architects and architecture students to create waterfront projects that are not only attractive and functional but also sustainable. The objective is to design a space where boaters, tourists, and local communities can enjoy the location while preserving the natural environment. The prize encourages the use of innovative materials, architectural techniques, and energy-efficient technologies to promote sustainability in the marina industry. The competition aims to recognize outstanding architecture that exemplifies the perfect balance between functionality, aesthetics, and environmental conservation.



Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is a picturesque coastal town located on the French Riviera, known for its luxurious villas, lush gardens, and crystal-clear waters. The town exudes a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere, attracting visitors from around the world to explore its charming streets and enjoy its beautiful beaches. The local culture is steeped in rich history, with landmarks such as the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat lighthouse and the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild showcasing the city’s architectural heritage. Whether strolling along the waterfront promenade or savoring the renowned local cuisine, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat offers an truly unforgettable experience for tourists.

Project goal

The call for ideas concerns the regeneration of the Saint Jean Cap Ferrat Nautical Base. Based on the existing building and outdoor spaces, candidates will propose a project that will bring new life into this facility.


  • Site area: 2000 square meters
  • Existing building area: 400 sqm
  • Number of levels: 2


The main programmatic elements of the project are as follows:

  • The Nautical Base (It includes two activities: the nautical club and the diving club)
  • The Restaurant
  • Outdoor amenities: beach, pier, docking pontoon, etc.


Local Considerations

Candidates will need to design a response that is suitable for the local context, both in its architectural integration and its integration into the surrounding urban and natural environment.

Functional Considerations

The proposed project should take advantage of the diversity of functions accommodated by the Nautical Base, in their spatial and temporal arrangement, including seasonal aspects, by being symbiotic and coherent.

Environmental Considerations

Candidates are encouraged to propose eco-responsible solutions, both in the design and in the operation and future of the project over time.

To achieve this objective, it will be essential to consider the use of sustainable and innovative materials, the adoption of eco-responsible construction and operation practices, as well as the use of energy-efficient technologies. The reuse and transformation of existing elements are topics to be developed. Natural resources such as water should be used wisely, with particular attention given to waste management and recycling.




The Questions and Answers will be updated according to the questions asked by the participants regarding the project. Everytime new questions are asked by a participant, the answer to the question will be shared to all through emails and updated down below.

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Monaco Smart & Sustainable Marina