Superyacht Marina Gets a Facelift

Port Vauban in Antibes, France, has a new look along the docks that routinely host some of the world’s finest yachts.
Port Vauban
Kebony, based in Norway, transforms sustainable softwoods like pine into products similar to tropical hardwoods. Kebony

For decades, the nickname “Billionaires’ Row” has been synonymous with Port Vauban. This marina in Antibes, France, can take yachts as large as 525 feet long, which is why leases for usage rights typically belong to the wealthiest people alive.

Now this epicenter of traditional luxury has a more modern look. Atelier d’Architecture Philippe Prost, based in Paris, oversaw an update to the quay and yacht-club building. Kebony modified wood—knot-free with a silvery appearance—brings a 30-year life span with minimal maintenance while keeping the overall character of the location. It was used to rebuild not only the surfaces underfoot, but also handrails, benches and stairs.

The lead architects praised the product’s “natural character” and said it should stand the test of time, much like this famous location itself.

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