From time to time, up and coming naval architects and designers from universities in Turkey and around the world catch the eye of shipyards in search of emerging new talent. One such student, Joe Ricketts, submitted an unusual explorer as part of a research project named Project Odin, under the expertise and guidance of Turkish superyacht shipyard Turquoise Yachts.
During his time at Coventry University, Ricketts had a keen interest in transport design. He began the course wanting to become an automotive designer, but after taking on a facelift project for a 42 metre yacht, found a new passion for superyachts. Between his third and final year, he secured a five-month internship at the Milan-based design studio Hot Lab, which gave Ricketts the skills and confidence to take on a superyacht concept for his final year project.
Ricketts was required to create his own brief: to design an 80 metre explorer yacht that would be used for marine research, filming nature documentaries and luxury leisure. The yacht would have a definitive division between the scientists or production team and the owner of the vessel. The owner could also opt to charter their living quarters to allow other philanthropists to follow the expeditions that the yacht was taking.
Every yacht has the potential to contribute to science and the marine ecology by gathering data on the oceans. According to Turquoise Yachts, it would be a lost opportunity to limit the vessels given the valuable contribution they can make to marine research. This is where Project Odin would excel.
Project Odin’s exterior is influenced by Antarctic architecture, where large pod-like forms are propped up on hydraulic stilts that protect the buildings from the harsh climate. The idea was to create a cantilevered deck that was held up by similar architectural supports. The space underneath this deck could then be utilised as a deck to store tenders, which could then be deployed over the side of the hull.
With regular feedback and guidance from Turquoise Yachts and H2 Yacht Design, Ricketts managed to create a successful project and a key piece of work for his design portfolio.
Key features of Project Odin:
- Floor to ceiling reflective glass surrounds the entirety of the superstructure decks to allow an abundance of light into the interior spaces.
- A Jacuzzi/sunpad area is protected by an elevating glass windbreak.
- Aft upper deck consists of an outdoor lounge with fire pit. In front of the lounge is an inside-outside dining space.
- Main deck features a helipad and space for two tenders under the cantilevered deck.
- Sundeck hosts a Jacuzzi and sunpad area with a bar.
- Large cantilevered deck with wide panoramic views.