Introducing A New Concept In Luxury Yachting:
The Yacht Island!
And now for something really different! What you are looking at here is a rendering of a daring and, as far as I am concerned, a rather unique vision of the future of yacht design. I quote the company: “At Yacht Island Design we like to do things differently. We like to base our designs upon innovative floating platforms. It frees us to explore bold and daring ideas which challenge the accepted norms within the yachting industry. No longer are we bound by the restrictions of a conventional hull shape. This unleashes creative flair and individualism for our clients as well as us! Our approach is to consider the design in a holistic manner. We like to ensure that a common theme runs throughout the yacht, from the overall exterior shape down to the smallest interior detail. The most important thing for us is to ensure the original client-driven concept is achieved in a flowing and seamless manner.”
The Streets of Monaco is the company’s first design proposal. The theme is based around the Mediterranean principality with the primary focus being the famous grand prix circuit. The idea was to recreate the circuit as a fully functional kart track able to accommodate three karts side by side to allow for plenty of overtaking. By sizing the track in this way it has driven the overall dimensions of the yacht and the placement of the famous landmarks. The Monaco story extends beyond this exterior architecture and into the interior spaces giving a seamless transition as guests move between the various areas of the yacht.
The footprint for this daring concept is a 508-foot/155m SWATH Vessel–for Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull–designed by Naval Architect BMT Nigel Gee, with a building yard yet to be determined. Streets will be able to accommodate 16 guests, have a crew of 70, be capable of moving along at 15 knots, and will be powered by diesel electric propulsion.
The Oasis (above), located aft, acts as the main boarding point for the yacht, and is an expansive area modelled on the gardens just outside the Monaco Casino. On entering the Oasis, attention is immediately drawn to the central waterfall feature consisting of upper level pools cascading down into the lower pool and Jacuzzi. Radiating from the pool are numerous shrub lined pathways and secluded seating areas. Large exterior windows surround the entire aft section of the oasis, extending to the full double-deck height ceiling allowing natural light to flood the space. Located forward on the lower level is the Spa, with manicure and hair salon, private massage suites, sauna/steam rooms and a large relaxation lounge featuring a spa pool with bar. To either side of the spa entrance are located grand marble staircases and elevator access to the mezzanine, with a cafe bar and magnificent views of the gardens below.
‘The Grand Atrium’ is the central hub of the yacht, linking the upper and lower living areas. At its centre is a large, ornate spiral staircase which surrounds a waterfall feature that is supplied by the glass bottomed fountain from the garden area above. A small cafe/bar area ensures this feature can be enjoyed while relaxing in comfort. The seven guest suites are located off of the lower atrium level and vary in size, from the more modest 135m2 suite to the grand 356m2 VIP suites (above). All include their own reception room, bathroom, dressing room, bedroom and balcony. The VIP suites have the added luxury of a private office.
At the farthest end of the Atrium lies the Owners Apartment (above). Connected to all decks via a private lift and spread over 3 floors, it covers a total 4,788 square feet/1,460 square metres of floor space. As well as the usual lounge with a feature fire-place and double height ceiling, office, bedroom, bathroom, his/hers dressing rooms, the apartment also benefits from a listening room, private courtyard, sunroom, numerous balconies and private sundeck with a Jacuzzi/swimming pool.
With other designs guaranteed to capture the imagination and stir the soul, this one is called Tropical Island Paradise (left), a floating dream complete with the kind of environment that will constantly have your feet in the sand…along with being pampered in the grand style, of course.