Dutch design studio Diana Yacht Design has presented its 70 metre concept Kaizen. Named after a Japanese philosophy meaning “change for the better”, the yacht concept has a number of innovative features including a vertical zen garden.
The brief for the concept focused on catering to a multi-generational family. “It was important for us to create a project where everyone on board has plenty of opportunities to socialise together without compromising on private spaces,” explained Casper Marelis, designer and naval architect at Diana. “To ensure that this became reality, we dedicated a deck to each generation.”
According to Nick Hoedjes, designer at Diana, the yacht has family-living ingrained into every element. “The last few years were a stark reminder of the importance of spending quality time with family and loved ones, and we are driven to create a space for this,” he said.
Wellbeing is another key cornerstone of Kaizen’s design. She boasts a dedicated sports centre with a dive store and a sports deck with a panoramic gym, golf driving range and secluded yoga area. A wellness centre can be found in the beach club, with is located amidships and it doubles as an entrance point for guests arriving by tender.
The concept also volunteers a split-level main saloon, a generous infinity pool and swim platform.
Kaizen offers a total of five decks spread across a gross tonnage of 1,750. Accommodation is for 14 guests in seven cabins, with provision for a crew of 19. She will have a range of 5,000 nautical miles when travelling at 12 knots, while top speeds will propel her up to 15 knots.
“This project was the next logical step for our design team," said Hans-Maarten Bais, creative director at Diana. “As a team, we are continually working on creating larger and more complex projects – at 70 metres and with all of its intricacies, Project Kaizen embodies our drive for continual improvement.”
Diana Yacht Design will helm the exterior design and naval architecture of the project, while the interior design will be conceived by another studio.
The firm has been busy recently, with the 34m Van der Valk yacht Lady Lene earning a judge's recognition at the World Superyacht Awards 2022.