London-based design studio H2 Yacht Design is responsible for some of the world's most iconic superyachts - designs that push the envelope but have the ability to stand the test of time. We delve into five of the studio's greatest hits...
Described by Feadship as a “trailblazer”, the 75m Arrow was designed inside and out by H2 Yacht Design, marking the first Feadship collaboration for the studio. The exterior features low glass railings, high deck heights and expansive gangways. The 12.9 metre beam meanwhile provides spacious living areas inside the “elaborately detailed” interior, which features backlit marble and varnished teak. Other facilities on board include a bespoke mosaic-lined Jacuzzi on the sundeck, as well as a beach club and bar aft.
2. AL LUSAIL
Highly secretive while in build, the 124 metre superyacht Al Lusail marked the first Lürssen collaboration for H2 Yacht Design. The studio penned the yacht’s exterior design, which features flowing lines that blur the boundaries between the upper four decks. Speaking about the project, studio founder Johnny Horsfield said: “We wanted to question the whole idea that a hull could not be styled or touched as it was a functional item and that we could cut into it in an outrageous manner. The whole point of these designs with central balconies is to open up the centre of the yacht to avoid that long dead corridor effect."
Styled inside and out by H2 Yacht Design, Hakvoort’s explorer flagship Scout was designed specifically to look like a conversion from a commercial vessel. Scout was built for an experienced owner who wanted to build a boat inspired by the 1950s movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The interior meanwhile was described by Horsfield as “Jules Verne meets Ian Fleming meets Fritz Lang” that took inspiration from “the underwater world, sea creatures and this industrial, nautical design philosophy – with a hint of a Bond villain’s lair.”
4. QUANTUM OF SOLACE
After eighteen years of experience with Turquoise and six yachts designed for the yard, H2 was chosen to pen the exterior and interior design of the 73m Quantum of Solace. The interior is described as “European style” with colours and finishes chosen for a rich and vibrant look while H2 undertook significant modifications to the existing hull and superstructure to suit the owner’s specifications.
Prevously known as Project Neptune, the 56m Galvas features exterior design penned by H2 featuring horizontal design elements and swooping lines. The 770GT yacht features accommodation for 12 guests split between six staterooms, including an 85 square metre owner’s suite on the main deck. Powered by a pair of MTU 8V4000 M63 engines, Galvas has a top speed of 15.5 knots and has a transatlantic range of 4,300 nautical miles.