Italian designer Bernardo Zuccon has penned a 54m Discovery concept superyacht, with styling cues and a focus on space that has been drawn from civil architecture.
‘My first inspiration for the project was civil architecture,’ says Zuccon, of Zuccon International Project. ‘In the lines of the project, the pillars for the structure also become the image of the project. It’s like in the projects of Norman Foster – in those projects you can see always the structure. Structure become the style of the project.’
Zuccon, who studied civil architecture at university and designed apartments before working on yachts, also ensured that head-height was excellent on all decks and that the greatest space was apportioned to the best-used areas.
‘The relation between man and space around the man is so important,’ says Zuccon. ‘There are four guest cabins on lower deck and an owner suite on upper deck – 10-12 guests, not more. I prefer to use the space for the outdoor areas. If you want to live in the best way on a boat, you have to live outdoors.’
Zuccon has dedicated the main deck to guests, with a spacious saloon and 16 square metre aft deck that features a swimming pool. The glass strips on either side of the pool act as skylights in the roof of the beach club below. The dining saloon is on the upper deck, and forward is a private owner’s suite with exterior greenhouses, another nod to civil architecture – ‘in your house you have a garden’. The main aft terrace could also have green walls, with plants growing up them.
There are four double and one single crew cabins on the lower deck plus the captain cabin on the upper deck.