80m Artefact: The yacht with amazing acoustics

26 July 2021

When the climate-conscious owner of Artefact asked for a stunning living experience, sophisticated interior and acoustic solutions, the contracted outfitters List General Contractor (List GC) overcame working with challenging materials and an intricate design to fulfil the brief perfectly.

Working with the German shipyard Nobiskrug, List GC outfitted the yacht’s interior area of around 657-square-metres and its timeless yet modern, harmonious design by Reymond Langton Design. Completed on time for her early-2020 delivery date, Artefact’s design was refined with many decorative individual pieces of furniture, three-dimensional furnishings, wall and ceiling panelling, and free-hanging elements.

Another standout element of the design is the extensive use of glass. Described as a “springboard for an incredible design," the 750-square-metres of glass used on board weighs almost 60 tonnes and posed as the biggest obstruction to finding the desired acoustics within the yacht.

In order to ensure the desired acoustic quality in all of the rooms, refined solutions were needed for many of the three-dimensional pieces of furniture and panels. The craftsmen from List GC therefore developed special substructures for all wall and ceiling panels, depending on the respective surface – e.g. leather, lacquer and veneer. As a substrate for the panels, a three-layer special ceiling skin structure comprising baseboard, 3D milled acoustic foam and acoustic fleece was used. The supporting panels were perforated with holes and the surfaces individually adjusted to refine the acoustics as well as the choice of materials. Each material had to be applied in a way to not to impede acoustic absorption.

At the same time, attention had to be paid to the three-dimensional design of the interior when creating the substructures. Due to the various shapes of the panels, the supporting materials also had to be curved and milled to create the required 3D shape. The innovative acoustic concept is also evident in the bridge with its floor-to-ceiling fully glazed façades. Here, in addition to the walls and ceilings, the cabinets were also acoustically optimised and many technical equipments such as ceiling spots and speakers as well as sprinklers and fire detectors were integrated seamlessly within.

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