HSH Prince Albert, accompanied by Minister of State Pierre Dartout and several other ministers, inaugurated the new Larvotto Beach facilities on Saturday, July 3.

The architect, Renzo Piano, was present for the unveiling of his opus. The world-renowned 83 year-old designed the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and the Shard in London, and it has to be said that the Larvotto project joins them as a remarkable feat of imagination.

Following a tour of some of the facilities, including Pierre Frolla’s Blue School, the official visit ended on the site reserved for Handiplage, dedicated to people with reduced mobility and disabilities. It should be noted that work will continue over the winter to fully finish the site.

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Work on the Larvotto project continued through the darkest days of lockdown, often to the annoyance of those living close to the works on ave. Princesse Grace, as it was considered a top priority that this iconic beach should reopen this summer.

It is undoubtedly a triumph for everyone who played his or her part in bringing this living masterpiece to fruition.

PHOTO: HSH Prince Albert shows his delight as he leads the inauguration party on an inspection of the new Larvotto Beach Michael Alesi