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Online Design Competition: Each Superyacht in Detail

Online Design Competition: Each Superyacht in Detail

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Stefano Vafiadis, Studio Vafiadis

The Winning Design

THE BRIEF

Superyacht type: Power
Hull: Monohull
Length: 60-80m
How fast: Slow and steady
Style: Sleek and sexy
Mission: Exploring the far reaches.

The studios were also asked to incorporate one of the following features in the design – disco deck, sub hangar, underwater room, "toys, toys, "toys" – and introduce an element from one of the following films: Citizen Kane; 2001: A Space Odyssey; Star Wars; The Godfather.

How challenging did you find the brief?

It has been very challenging and very fun too. The brief was one of the most exotic I’ve ever had! I’m a very big fan of Star Wars so I took the chance immediately to participate.

What was the starting point?

I started imagining a concept around the 70 metre size that was more “expedition” style than “explorer”, to balance the volumes in a more sexy way, with just three decks to maintain sleekness, as requested.

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The main saloon was inspired by the bridge of the Star Destroyer from Star Wars

What are some of the standout details?

There is a big and spacious aft and then a reverse bow, which is very long and sleek. Both are designed to accommodate as many tenders and toys as possible in watertight garages, to maintain the clean lines and keep the tenders safe. There’s also a very powerful, prominent bridge deck with a great view for exploring the world in maximum safety. Then there’s the panoramic disco lounge and a mystical underwater lounge.

How did you incorporate Star Wars into the design?

My source of inspiration for the exterior was definitely the Star Destroyer, the gigantic triangular one belonging to the Galactic Empire. I mixed this with the design of the iconic Stormtrooper helmet. For the interiors, the saloon/disco was inspired by the bridge of the Star Destroyer. For the underwater lounge I took the shapes of a Star Destroyer’s hangars. With all the linear LEDs defining the spaces and cool ambient lighting it was perfect for the purpose. I’m sorry for the Rebellion, but the Empire is more (from a design point of view) inspiring!

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