When it's a question of cool design, superyachts are the answer. At the forefront of innovative design, shipbuilders need to pull out all the stops to entice their famously hard to please billionaire clients. Destination Luxury turns a keen eye to the future for a glimpse of what can be expected in design, technology and performance in the superyacht industry.
A common complaint of superyacht owners is the lack of privacy. With some vessels harbouring up to nearly 80 crew members, finding that bit of peace and quiet you want from a luxury holiday can prove difficult. Monaco-based yacht designers at Pastrovich Studios have unveiled plans for a futuristic superyacht that has captured the imagination of the boating industry. The 250ft X R-Evolution has intelligent storage space designed to hold several vessels each capable of being deployed to serve as floating gardens or sundecks when a bit of privacy from the crew is needed.
ISA Yachts recently launched a project in resistance to the perceived negligence of outdoor living spaces in the yacht industry recently. Route 66 and Yara 44 are the solution to the problem of compromising outdoor space for larger indoor living quarters. Both yachts were presented at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show to critical acclaim. Rout 66 and Yara 44 share a unique design in that a series of folding and sliding glass panels can be retracted or deployed creating up to 50% more outdoor space than traditional designs while maintaing spacious indoor facilities.
The stunning superyacht seen in the featured image is the brainchild of multiple-award-winning Dame Zaha Hadid. With a mesh of weaving curves and loops covering its exterior, the Blohm+Voss superyacht is more akin to the Bird’s Nest of the Beijing Olympics than any superyacht seen before. Indeed Zaha Hadid has experience of designing sports venues, as the creator of the iconic Aquatics Centre at the London 2012 games. However this is only her first venture into superyacht design and there have certainly been worse debuts. Her initial design which has been fondly compared to a skeleton includes a 128m ‘mothership’ and five other 90m “unique circle yachts”. Each of these smaller yacht scan be tailored to future buyers’ preferences.
Eduard Gray's Xhibitionist is creating waves in the yachting community, threatening to revolutionise the way superyachts are used and manufactured. Xhibitionist is a purpose built exhibition and event hosting superyacht. Xhibitionist has room to accommodate up to 600 guests across several different rooms including a 350 seat restaurant; a conference room, catwalk and fashion show facilities as well as a nightclub, casino and bar. This 70m diesel-electric hybrid is only a consept yacht for the moment but is due for release within two years, with plenty of interested parties. There is little wonder why. Xhibitionist also boasts a retractable four panel helipad that can be converted into a concert stage. Xhibitionist can also be reconfigured et the push of a button with "Guest Mode", "Retail Mode" and "Showroom Mode" offering different layouts across the vessel depending on the event being hosted.
They say inspiration comes from some unlikely sources and that couldn’t be more true of Lujac Desautel’s ‘Glass’ superyacht. The cuboid shaped yacht was modelled on Lego as part of this year’s Boat International Young Designer of the Year competition. Inspiration from the children’s toy has spawned a modular structure whereby each floor of the 5,600sq ft yacht is stacked upon the other like building blocks. The yacht, whose more rigid structure stands in stark contrast to Zaha Hadid’s superyacht conception features an elevator, six guest bedrooms, a private owner’s lounge and steps at the aft deck intended to resemble those of ancient Mayan temples.