For round three of our online design challenge, held in partnership with superyacht interiors company Vedder, three design studios were tasked with creating an explorer yacht tough enough to take on the North-East Passage. The requirements were:
- Length: 40-60m
- Bow: Plumb
- Must-have feature: Hydrogen power
- Design inspiration: Mission Impossible
Take a look at the results...
How challenging did you find the brief?
I was told that it should be a piece of cake since I’ve done a few explorers lately. But still, it’s a good challenge, because every time the brief is a bit different and of course, drawing just something out of the drawer would be boring. Let’s just say it’s challenging because I like challenges… does that make sense? Another challenge was the standout feature, because it’s not really a standout feature. How do you make hydrogen power a visible feature?
What was the starting point?
The starting point in this case was definitely the Mission Impossible aspect. As an experienced designer you know what things work and what would not work, so you can leave these aspects to your ‘autopilot’. But the theme is something that needed consideration!
What are some of the key details?
It’s not a very big yacht, but it has more features than a Swiss army knife. Just so you can deal with everything the North-East Passage can possibly throw at you. And more, should you decide to just continue on to warmer waters afterwards. We have a drone landing pad, a 12-metre multipurpose tender in the back. The whole yacht is practically built around the central toy garage on main deck level, allowing you to launch all sorts of vehicles. On both sides you have big cranes. The saloon allows panoramic views and so does the pilothouse on the very top and the owner has his own forward-facing lounge. But everything is designed to take a beating when necessary!
How did you incorporate Mission Impossible?
Okay, what’s coming to my mind when thinking ‘Mission Impossible’? Action obviously. Lots of gadgets. Toys to move around in the water, on land and in the sky. Chasing villains. Oh, and tall glass structures that Tom Cruise scales up and down. Stairs? No way, suction gloves are much cooler… Last but not least (but I admit I might be mixing up films), Tom standing in front of a huge screen/holographic display, operating it with hand movements and looking super cool doing so….