Top design studios Winch Design and Tillberg Design of Sweden offer BOAT an exclusive glimpse inside the 222-metre “private residence yacht” to be built in Norway for a 2024 launch
The first renderings of project Somnio have been revealed exclusively to BOAT by design partners Winch Design and Tillberg Design of Sweden. Owners who manage to snap up one of the 39 customisable apartments on board will have the chance to work with either Winch or Tillberg on their own design brief, a process that will begin “immediately after an owner is committed”, according to Jim Dixon, Winch’s creative director of yachts and aviation.
The idea is that owners, who may choose to live full-time on board the “yacht liner”, will design the apartments around their lifestyle. “It’s important that we understand and develop the buyer’s lifestyle brief and integrate key decisions into the shipyard build schedule,” adds Dixon. Owners will work with the studios for up to three months to decide the room configurations and select the materials, furniture, lighting and artwork that will bedeck their apartments.
Dixon describes Winch’s initial concept scheme as “super-relaxed, easy ocean-side living – with superyacht elegance”. “The proposed layout allows the owner and family to live quite independently of the yacht’s facilities if they wish,” he says, pointing to the apartment’s cooking and dining areas and well-appointed bedroom suites, all with ocean views. The design will be “built up from a base of neutral tones and textures” and includes architectural details and features that can be “easily overlaid with an owner’s taste preferences in colour, art and personal elements, which will make it a floating home for them”, Dixon says.
Winch Design and Tillberg Design of Sweden can also assist in sourcing elements such as cutlery, towels and bedding. Fredrik Johansson, partner and executive project director of Tillberg, adds: “The way the yacht is planned and equipped, and the interior and exterior design, together with the standard of outfitting, will make it as close to living on a private yacht as you can get without buying one of your own.”
The project, which was first revealed in June, is spearheaded by Erik Bredhe, former captain of 196-metre private residence yacht The World. He conceived the concept, which blends the benefits of superyacht ownership with the service and amenities of luxury hotels, at the 2010 Monaco Yacht Show. “Our thought processes slowly evolved and in 2019 we decided to forge ahead,” he says. The first step, he adds, was to decide on the number of apartments and facilities that would “create an intimate community”. “Around that we are designing a true superyacht experience for multiple owners, which we are now proud to reveal to interested buyers.”