The project Le Luciana officially got underway with the demolition of the two buildings at 3 and 5 Avenue J.F. Kennedy at the beginning of the year. The area, which is now highly visible, will be home to private mixed-use property development with apartments, stores and offices. Alexandre Giraldi discusses the various phases of the works and the architectural qualities of the future complex.

It is a substantial area, and it makes an impression as one approaches 3 and 5 Avenue J.F. Kennedy. For good reason, because the 40-month period required for the Le Luciana development has begun. “Following the demolition works, which were naturally preceded by cleaning the building and removing the asbestos, the construction site installation phase was completed, and we are currently cleaning the vaults below Avenue d’Ostende because the building will lean against them”, explains the architect of the project. 


This will be followed by the tension bar stage, which is required in order to reinforce the massif before commencing the earthworks in the coming months. This stage also needs to be carried out at two different moments, covering around half the area of the project. “This stems from a desire that emerged from the discussions we had with the State departments to impact the public roads and surroundings as little as possible. This means that the company in charge of the works didn’t locate the cran outside the site, as is often the case, but inside it. Once the first part near the Hôtel Miramar has been done, the site installations will be shited there to that the earthworks on the second part can begin”.

To this desire to schedule the various stages so as to ensure the tranquillity of Monegasque life must be added the inherent complexity of the site. “We live with events and occasions that enliven the life of the Principality, but this is the case here more than elsewhere because we are close to the Grand Prix and the Yacht Show”, he acknowledges. But in addition to being next to Avenue d’Ostende, Le Luciana is also caught between two buildings: the Port Palace and the Hôtel Miramar, a project that is also underway. Alexandre Giraldi keeps things in perspective. “From the point of view of disturbance, we have one less neighbour who is impacted by the works. It’s an advantage when you can group construction sites together in the same area. We can also talk to the various companies so we can combine interventions and deliveries and work under optimal conditions”. 

This article was originally published in November 2019 edition of the Gazette de Monaco.

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