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Interior of Espen Øino-designed 293m "private residence yacht" Njord revealed

11 March 2021By Miranda Blazeby

Italian design studio FM Architettura has been appointed lead interior designer of the 293 metre Espen Øino-designed “world’s largest private residence yacht” Njord.

Studio co-founder Francesca Muzio will work closely alongside Øino on the interior, which will feature on five decks of the vessel, as well as various luxury residences.

FM Architettura has designed the interior

Muzio described the inspiration behind the interior design as "earth, air, wind and fire".

The "earth" aspect will be found throughout the wood used on board, "be it in the bespoke furniture, flooring or structural partitions", Muzio said. The air will be found in the "lightness" of the interiors, specifically in the "handmade carpets and bespoke woven textiles" which will "lead the eye around the space."

The "fire" will be found in the "bespoke bronze furniture, glass or the lighting", which will "punctuate the rooms". "Water" meanwhile is the "all-important element", Muzio said, "to ensure the flow and balance of the design comes together in its entirety, as these are homes which must have a sense of place.”

These four elements will influence the interior design alongside "the sense of belonging, together with health, wellbeing and sustainability", Muzio said. Due to the strict interior proportions, all furniture will be directly designed by the studio.

"The ratio of space to furniture must be perfect, as well as the balance of materials and the atmosphere they create as a whole," Muzio explained.

Njord is being built by DIV Shipbuilding Group and is due for delivery in 2024. The hull and superstructure will be built in Brodosplit, Croatia.

The majority of the steel hull build will take place at the Brodosplit yard, as well as some of the technical installation.

DIV Shipbuilding chairman and chief executive, Tomislav Debeljak, previously said that the project had the “full support” of both the Croatian and Norwegian governments.

“My company is truly honoured to be involved in the construction of this magnificent private yacht, initiated by Ocean Residences Development,” he said. “All employees of DIV Shipbuilding at our shipyard Brodosplit are proud to work on this generational project.”

Billed as the "world's largest private residence yacht", Njord is named after the god of the seas and winds of Norse mythology. The 293 metre vessel contains 118 private residences and a 500 square metre inflatable marina at the stern of the vessel, which features a number of foldout platforms.

When deployed, these can be used to dock Jet Skis, submarines and the vessel's Riva-style limo tenders. It will also feature a central seawater swimming pool.

The project currently has a target delivery of 2024

Njord will feature a total of 12 decks, a beam of 33.5 metres and a massive 81,000GT interior. Accommodation on board will be split across 118 residences, which are available to buy, as well as 16 guest and butler suites. Available in 20 different configurations, these residences will range from two to six-bedroom apartments spread across 116 to 800 square metres.

Designed to maximise privacy, comfort and security, each apartment will feature a living room with sea views and access to open terraces. Owners will be able to customise their apartments as they please, choosing furnishings and decoration to their own tastes.

Dubbed the “next generation of private superyacht”, Njord “will be the home to an exclusive community of like-minded individuals who relish travel and sharing extraordinary experiences”, Ocean Residences said.

To this end, the vessel will be equipped to undertake scientific and oceanographic research during its annual circumnavigation of the globe. Each year, it will journey to some of the most remote and “culturally unique” places on earth.

Supporting a range of philanthropic missions, charities and causes, Njord will collect environmental and marine data from around the world which will be made available to international research laboratories.

The vessel will be equipped for the job, with a fully fitted oceanographic research laboratory staffed by expert scientists. Elsewhere, the vessel will feature a gyroscopic telescope, which will scan the sky at night, while drones will monitor the atmosphere.

Underwater drones, meanwhile, together with Njord’s two submersibles, will map the ocean floor using multi-beam echo sounders to identify shipwrecks and sea bed features. Njord will also have two eight-seat, Airbus ACH 160 helicopters with a range of 400 nautical miles. These will be used exclusively by owners and guests.

Elsewhere, Njord will boast an impressive list of luxury amenities including multiple outdoor terraces, a sundeck, two outdoor pools, an indoor hydro pool, extensive wellness facilities and a nightclub and jazz lounge. A telescope observatory lounge will sit on the top deck.

Each member of the 311-strong crew will have their own private cabin, resulting in a 1:2 guest to crew ratio.