Monaco’s skyline has changed dramatically in the past few decades. In 1954, the Principality was home to 688 villas but the success of the Monaco Economic Development Corporation, established by Prince Rainier III in 1960, led to an influx of new workers and investors who needed accommodation. Many villas were demolished to make way for apartment buildings and hotels. In this tiny country, building upwards was the logical solution.
Before the 170-metre-tall blue glass-clad Tour Odéon appeared on Monaco’s skyline, the Millefiori was the tallest apartment building. Completed in 1969, it rises 111 metres above the Monte Carlo district, offering residents spectacular views and proximity to the Carré d’Or shopping area and some of Monaco’s most famous landmarks. Many of the luxury apartments have undergone renovation work and a supermarket sits conveniently at street level.
Parc Saint-Roman is the third tallest building. This 35-floor building rises 108 metres and was completed two years after L’Annonciade. Chateau Perigord I and II, completed in 1972 and 1973 respectively, rise to 93 metres. Luxury apartments in these portered buildings in La Rousse-Saint Roman are highly sought after.
In 2011, the slender 90-metre-tall towers and geometric facades of the Résidence Le Simona made their appearance in the Principality. Le Simona is the ninth tallest building in Monaco, a position it shares with Le Roccabella in the Larvotto district.
Like the Tour Odeon, Le Simona has brought Monaco into a new era with its combination of innovative modern architecture and a luxurious living environment.