Heesen's new 49.8 metre hybrid motor yacht Amare II (previously Project Electra) captivates with its contemporary interior design by Cristiano Gatto. For the fitting of the full-beam VIP, two twins and two double suites as well as the sky lounge and day head, Heesen put their trust in the expertise and craftsmanship of Austrian interior outfitter List General Contractor (List GC). List GC was responsible for the project management and engineering as well as the production of the interior in their in-house manufacturing facility in Bad Erlach, Lower Austria.
The consistent interaction of opposites in the interior concept is accentuated by the combination of symmetric and asymmetric elements and is further reflected in the interplay of light and dark materials. The sky lounge, for example, features light fabrics on the wall and bespoke furnishings that are further highlighted by dark wooden panels, thereby giving the bright and clean space a little twist.
A great deal of engineering skills went into the curved wall panels. In order not to interfere with the desired shape, the ventilation system had to be evenly integrated in the ceiling. The panels were then finished with high-gloss teak and fine polished stainless steel.
A centrepiece of this space is the bar that stands out due to its layered appearance finished with brushed spruce and a top made from polished teak. This material was also used to highlight the walls in the sky lounge. To create this haptic effect, the artisans from List GC brushed and patinated the spruce and applied a protective varnish. The challenge in doing so was to keep the colour consistent from the very beginning as post-processing was not possible without compromising the continues appearance across all areas.
The guest cabins display a balanced combination of leather, brushed spruce, teak and padded fabric. In addition, many lacquered panels and surfaces were colour-matched with the bright fabrics covering the walls to create a harmonious look – no small feat for List GC's manufacturing team. The guest bathrooms feature a selection of stone and marble together with dark teak and spruce. The cupboard and ceiling were engineered with modern LED lights that evenly illuminate the room. The greatest challenge in the interior outfitting process was to guarantee a smooth, seamless look throughout the interior space.
Many of the materials, surfaces and elements run through the entire interior, adding to the uniform and clear appearance of the yacht. Therefore, List GC closely worked with Heesen's in-house interior and manufacturing team to colour-match all used surface materials and lacquers and ensure this smooth transition between elements in all rooms.
“For me and my team Project Electra was our first project working together with Heesen Yachts. So, when we first started with the project, we had to adapt to the shipyard's workflows and processes. But we were able to do that very quickly and the collaboration went smoothly right from day one. This was due to Heesen's trust in our professionalism and craftsmanship as well as our mutual understanding of quality and design in order to achieve the best possible result. I am very proud of the final outcome and pleased that our work on board Project Electra has already resulted in two follow-up projects with Heesen” - Philipp Moser, project manager at List GC.
Overview of the project
Shipyard: Heesen Yachts
Naval architect: Van Oossanen / Heesen Yachts
Interior designer: Christiano Gatto
Exterior designer: Omega Architects
List GC fitting area Lux: 120 m2; guest areas, Sky Lounge & Day Head
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