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Young Designer of the Year 2022: Spanish designer Ignacio Bourgon reveals 65m Air concept

2 February 2022 • Written by Tom McGhie

Spanish designer Ignacio Bourgon has made it onto the shortlist for this year’s BOAT International Young Designer of the Year Award, in association with Oceanco, with his 65 metre superyacht concept named Air.

The design is aimed at a ‘green-fingered’ owner and makes use of biophilic elements throughout its five decks. The master suite, positioned forward on the main deck, comes complete with its own interior garden sequestered in the bow and as well as two vegetable patches. 

The centrepiece is a two-tier waterfall swimming pool inspired by the Travertines of Pamukkale in Turkey that dominates the main deck aft. A glass bottom reflects light down into a beach club bar below where a 7.5 metre tender can be stored, while the waterfall feature fills a second pool on the swim platform. Other highlights include a library on the bridge deck and a large curved wine rack integrated into the dining saloon.

Air's 'green' design extends to its energy supply and is a reflection of the brief's requirements for a high tech and environmentally friendly superyacht. Solar panels are integrated into three levels of the superstructure while windows utilise a heat mirror technology to reduce energy consumption on board. Technology on board Air will also include the use of a digital ceiling where sensors are able to anticipate lighting needs.

Air's exterior design takes inspiration from nature and the electric vehicle market, according to Bourgon, and is characterised by "clean and minimal shapes" and tinted glass. “Air is designed to inspire. It should offer an oasis of physical and mental well-being while encouraging environmental awareness,” said Bourgon.

The winner of the 2022 Young Designer of the Year Award will be announced at the BOAT International Design & Innovation Awards taking place as part of the Superyacht Design Festival in Milan on June 22-24, 2022. Discover all six of this year's finalists here.

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