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International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2013 Winners

April 22, 2013

The winners of the 3rd edition of International Yacht & Aviation Awards were presented at the Dorchester hotel in London, on Friday, April 19, 2013. Hosted by leading interior design magazine design et al, The International Yacht & Aviation Awards reward the best in design from across the globe.

International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2013

International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2013

International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2013 Winners:

YACHTS

MOTOR YACHT OVER 60 METRES AWARD
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, BENETTI

61m mega yacht Diamonds are Forever by Benetti Yachts

61m mega yacht Diamonds are Forever by Benetti Yachts

MOTOR YACHT OVER 30 METRES AWARD
ORIENT STAR, CMB YACHTS

47m motor yacht Orient Star (project Mina) by CMB Yachts

47m motor yacht Orient Star (project Mina) by CMB Yachts

ASIA PACIFIC YACHT OVER 40 METRES AWARD
SMERALDA, ESPEN OEINO INTERNATIONAL

77m Hanseatic Yacht Smeralda designed by Espen Oeino with interior design by Vain Interiors

77m Hanseatic Yacht Smeralda designed by Espen Oeino with interior design by Vain Interiors

SAILING YACHT OVER 40 METRES AWARD
VERTIGO, CLARITY ASSET

67m sailing yacht Vertigo by Alloy Yachts

67m sailing yacht Vertigo by Alloy Yachts

SAILING YACHT 25-40 METRES AWARD
HAMILTON, GREEN MARINE

WallyCento luxury yacht Hamilton - Image by RolexCarlo Borlenghi

WallyCento luxury yacht Hamilton - Image by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

POWER BOAT UNDER 25 METRES AWARD
PEARL 75, KELLY HOPPEN AND PEARL MOTOR YACHTS

Pearl 75 Yacht at full speed

Pearl 75 Yacht at full speed

YACHT INTERIOR DESIGN AWARD
VICKY, H2 YACHT DESIGN

Luxury yacht Vicky

Luxury yacht Vicky

CONCEPT OVER 40 METRES AWARD
ICON ER175, IVAN ERDEVICKI NAVAL ARCHITECTURE AND YACHT DESIGN

53m superyacht ER175 concept by Ivan Erdevicki

53m superyacht ER175 concept by Ivan Erdevicki

ASIA PACIFIC CONCEPT OVER 40 METRES AWARD
EXPEDITION, SAM SORGIOVANNI DESIGNS

98m Expedition Yacht Concept by Sam Sorgiovanni

98m Expedition Yacht Concept by Sam Sorgiovanni

CONCEPT UP TO 30 METRES AWARD
FUSION, RED DESIGN

Fusion yacht tender concept by Red Design

Fusion yacht tender concept by Red Design

AVIATION

PRIVATE JET DESIGN AWARD

2A ACJ 219, COMLUX CREATIVES

PRIVATE JET CONCEPT AWARD
DOLCE VITA BBJ, AIRJET DESIGNS

ASIA PACIFIC PRIVATE JET CONCEPT AWARD

DOLCE VITA BBJ, AIRJET DESIGNS

ASIA PACIFIC PRIVATE JET DESIGN AWARD
BOUTSEN 1, BOUTSEN AVIATION

CABIN INTERIOR AWARD

TAM AIRLINES FIRST CLASS CABIN, PRIESTMANGOODE

AIRPORT LOUNGE AWARD
DOHA VIP LOUNGE, RIZON JET

NEWCRUISE enters 59m survey vessel conversion design challenge by ICON Yachts

April 11, 2013

In addition to the three designs of the successful ICON Yachts Design Challenge series published previously, a fourth studio – NEWCRUISE – has now joined the challenge with a well-balances, contemporary superyacht conversion of the 59 metre survey vessel.

59m survey vessel conversion project by Newcruise for ICON Yacht Design Challenge

59m survey vessel conversion project by Newcruise for ICON Yacht Design Challenge

The Dutch builder ICON Yachts originally asked three design studios (Dixon Yacht Design, Ivan Erdevicki and H2 Yacht Design) to plan the transformation of HR MS Blommendal into a superyacht – but due to the challenge’s popularity the extra studio was recently added. Built by Amels in 1973 for the Dutch Maritime Institution, the ship is one of a whole series retiring from service and becoming available for conversion into superyachts – making the challenge a highly practical exercise.

59m survey vessel conversion project by Newcruise for ICON Yacht Design Challenge

59m survey vessel conversion project by Newcruise for ICON Yacht Design Challenge

Logically for a vessel with a tough commercial hull, all the designers involved in the challenge have had explorer ambitions for their entry. Newcruise, whose previous conversions have included the explorer-style motor yachts Penguin, 55m and Absinthe superyacht, 62m were no exception.

‘We see it as an ocean discovery vessel for a private owner, allowing them worldwide cruising from Arctic waters to equatorial destinations under safe and comfortable conditions,’ says Newcruise co-director Roland Krueger. ‘This picks up the line from her classic duties as a training ship for Dutch naval crews.’

59m survey vessel conversion project by Newcruise for ICON Yacht Design Challenge

59m survey vessel conversion project by Newcruise for ICON Yacht Design Challenge

The look is contemporary, with natural wave-like curves in the forward superstructure preventing sleek lines veering into aggressiveness.

‘We’re most proud of increasing protected superstructure volume while maintaining harmonic modern lines, as well as fusing the existing hull and new superstructure together to form a monolithic unit,’ says Krueger. ‘It is a well balanced design maintaining the vessels history while adjusting the volumes thoughtfully to their new intended purpose.’

59m survey vessel conversion project by Newcruise for ICON Yacht Design Challenge

59m survey vessel conversion project by Newcruise for ICON Yacht Design Challenge

Awards for the ICON design challenge will be announced during the Antibes Yacht Show by judges from ICON Yachts and Boat International Media.

ICON Yachts Design Challenge: 59m superyacht conversion design by H2 Yacht Design

April 11, 2013

Following the motor yacht conversion designs of Bill Dixon and Ivan Erdevicki, the H2 Yacht Design’s futuristic interpretation of the 59m superyacht conversion represents the third installment of the series in the ICON Yachts Design Challenge.

59m superyacht conversion design by H2 Yacht Design

59m superyacht conversion design by H2 Yacht Design

Dutch superyacht builder ICON has asked four design studios (Dixon Yacht Design, Ivan Erdevicki, H2 Yacht Design and Newcruise) to plan the transformation of HR MS Blommendal, a 59m survey vessel built by Amels in 1973 for the Dutch Maritime Institution. The ship is one of a whole series retiring from service and becoming available for conversion.

H2 Yacht Design, which has been involved with many refits over the years approached the challenge as a communal exercise.

‘‘I thought it a great opportunity to offer members of the H2 team the chance to create various ideas,’ says Design Director Jonny Horsfield. ‘My favourite ideas were developed and I suggested Icon select the design they felt best met their brief. What has been chosen is certainly the most creative design and I think it displays H2’s ability and desire to push the envelope in the hope of capturing the imagination of a client looking for something different.’

59m H2 luxury yacht conversion concept for ICON Yachts Design Challenge

59m H2 luxury yacht conversion concept for ICON Yachts Design Challenge

‘Horsfield describes the chosen design as, ‘a unique modern twist on a traditionally proportioned explorer hull’.

‘‘I wanted to produce a design with a strong graphic identity,’ he says. ‘The angled bridge windows have been repeated on the forward superstructure giving the styling its distinctive design direction.’’

The classic 59m superyacht conversion design by H2 Yacht Design features a full beam owner’s stateroom with panoramic views, en-suite guest cabins, plenty of lounges and entertaining areas. The outside space, spread over four decks, is large enough to accommodate a 10m tender, spa pool or a swimming pool and helipad.

ICON Yachts Design Challenge 59m superyacht conversion by H2 Yacht Design

ICON Yachts Design Challenge: 59m superyacht conversion by H2 Yacht Design

‘Our design will challenge some as I appreciate the styling is not a predictable solution and will not be to everyone’s taste. However there is something refreshing about being overtly different and approaching the solution from a fresh angle. I can only hope that this attracts the type of owner who is as passionate as we are about yacht design and who might be inspired by this contemporary concept.’

Awards for the ICON Yachts Design Challenge will be announced during the Antibes Yacht Show by judges from ICON Yachts and Boat International Media.

ICON Yachts Design Challenge: 59m superyacht conversion design by Ivan Erdevicki

April 04, 2013

Following the story on Bill Dixon’s 59m superyacht conversion design, Ivan Erdevicki now presents his classic interpretation for the same project – the ICON Yachts Design Challenge.

59m superyacht conversion design by Ivan Erdevicki

Ivan Erdevicki's 59m superyacht conversion design for the ICON Yachts Design Challenge

The Dutch superyacht builder, ICON Yachts, has asked three design studios (Erdevicki, Dixon Yacht Design and H2 yacht Design) to plan the transformation of HR MS Blommendal, a 59m survey vessel built by Amels in 1973 for the Dutch Maritime Institution. The ship is one of a whole series retiring from service and becoming available for conversion.

Erdevicki, the second designer featured in this series of stories on the challenge, has penned several refit conversions that were successfully completed, from a 1924 vintage 18m wooden sailing yacht to a 38m all aluminium crew vessel. In this instance, he took a conservative approach.

‘The plan was to retain the original classical hull lines and integrate sympathetically and seamlessly the new modernised superstructure,’ says Erdevicki.

‘On the practical side the idea is to retain the structural backbone of the old superstructure (base of superstructure, exhaust stack, funnel, etc) and, with the new superstructure plus extended decks, achieve a spacious accommodation and entertaining deck areas, which is important for this size of vessel,’ he says.

‘The intention was to create a new boat with minimal changes, timeless styling design that does not look like a refit but like a completely new purpose-built yacht.’

The classic design features a full beam owner’s stateroom with panoramic views, en-suite guest cabins, plenty of lounges and entertaining areas. The outside space, spread over four decks, is large enough to accommodate a 10m tender, spa pool or a swimming pool and helipad.

Erdevicki envisions the yacht as capable of being both a marina show-piece or – with her structurally sound hull and the addition of modern insulation – a long-range cruising yacht.

‘This yacht should appeal to an experienced owner who appreciates the beauty of ship’s form and design, someone keen on a serious cruising,’ he says, ‘perhaps even using the yacht as a workplace; with all mod-cons and an up to date communications he or she can run a business from the yacht.’

Awards for the ICON Yachts Design Challenge will be announced during the Antibes Yacht Show by judges from ICON Yachts and Boat International Media.

Nobiskrug launches 73m superyacht ODESSA II (Project 423)

April 03, 2013

Yesterday, April 2, saw the launch of the impressive 73m superyacht Odessa II (Project 423) at Nobiskrug in Germany. Featuring exterior design by Focus Yacht Design and interior design by H2 Yacht Design, luxury motor yacht Odessa II is scheduled for delivery this summer.

73m motor yacht Odessa II (Project 423) with exterior design by Focus Yacht Design

73m motor yacht Odessa II (Project 423) with exterior design by Focus Yacht Design

A sister ship to the 73m superyacht Plan B (Project 422), the 73m mega yacht Odessa II provides luxurious and comfortable accommodation for up to 12 guests in 6 well appointed cabins.

Nobiskrug to deliver 73m motor yacht ODESSA II (Project 423)

April 03, 2013

Previously known as Project 423, the majestic 73-metre motor yacht Odessa II is presumed to be delivered by the prestigious German shipyard Nobiskrug quite soon. A sister ship to the 73m luxury yacht Plan B (Project 422), Odessa II yacht was originally built by ADM Kiel in Germany, and subsequently moved to Nobiskrug for completion.

73m motor yacht Odessa II (Project 423) with exterior by Focus Yacht Design

73m motor yacht Odessa II (Project 423) with exterior by Focus Yacht Design

Designed by Focus Yacht Design, the 240-foot mega yacht Odessa II (Project 423) boasts interior design by H2 Yacht Design. She will sleep up to 12 guests in maximum luxury and style.

ICON Yachts’ challenge to transform real-life survey vessel into Superyacht

March 28, 2013

The prestigious Dutch luxury yacht manufacturer, ICON Yachts, has challenged three yacht design studios to plan the transformation of a real-life survey vessel into a superyacht. The focus of the project is HR MS Blommendal, a 59m vessel constructed by Amels in 1973 for the Dutch Maritime Institution. The ship represents one of a whole series retiring from service and becoming available for conversion – making the challenge a highly practical exercise.

Transformation of the 59m HR MS Blommendal into a superyacht by Erdevicki Superyacht Design

Transformation of the 59m HR MS Blommendal into a superyacht by Erdevicki Superyacht Design

‘We saw a huge potential to be able to cost-efficiently and relatively quickly gain a vessel very much tailored to an owner’s own needs and requirements,’ says Stephan Vitus, head of project development at ICON. ‘The principle layout is a very classic set-up, not that dissimilar to our 60m platform. So it can have four guest cabins on the lower deck, fairly good-sized accommodation and the required saloons and observation lounges.’

While the supply of these vessels has never been more plentiful, they have been successfully converted in the past. Motor yacht Akula, Altair, Wega, Capella C yacht and Intuition II yacht (whose engineering Vitus worked on during her refit by Vosper Thornycroft) all started life as identical or nearidentical to the hull at the centre of the challenge. But ICON’s intention is to spark a variety of fresh conversion concepts that will excite and inspire a range clients.

HR MS Blommendal's transformation into a superyacht

HR MS Blommendal's transformation into a superyacht by Dixon Yacht Design

‘We chose a set of designers we know work in very different directions and present them with the same challenge,’ says Vitus. ‘Ivan Erdevicki came up with a very classic proposal, maintaining most of the classic lines of the existing vessel, still creating a very capable 60m superyacht. Dixon Yacht Design came up with a very contemporary but functional profile and proposal. H2 Yacht Design took it a little further and had everybody in the office do a little proposal, which was a fun way for them to do it. We picked one out of them. It would be more challenging in the realisation than the other vessels, it’s probably the most different, but it still has an explorer touch.’

H2 Yacht Design

While the designers have been envisioning the conversions’ styling and lifestyle requirements, ICON have already given serious thought to the engineering. ‘They are diesel electric, something quite new at the time they were constructed, and we’d probably like to – in agreement with any prospective client – look at LNG or duel fuel for future proof and efficiency propulsion,’ says Vitus.

Transformation of HR MS Blommendal into a superyacht by H2 Yacht Design

Transformation of HR MS Blommendal into a superyacht by H2 Yacht Design

Awards will be announced during the Antibes Yacht Show by judges from ICON Yachts and Boat International Media.

H2 designed superyacht VICKY – latest yacht to reach shortlist of IY&A Awards 2013

January 31, 2013

The breathtaking 72 m motor yacht Vicky is the latest luxury vessel that has reached the shortlist of the International Yacht and Aviation Awards 2013. Submitted by H2 Yacht Design, the 2012 Vicky superyacht is constructed by respected Turkish builder, Proteksan Turquoise.

72 m Proteksan Turquoise mega yacht Vicky designed by H2 Yacht Design

72 m Proteksan Turquoise mega yacht Vicky designed by H2 Yacht Design

Luxury yacht Vicky is based on her sister Talisman yacht’s well proven platform in terms of hull and performance. However, her superstructure has been specifically designed for the owner from scratch. Her modern and sleek look is expressed through timeless lines, with a spacious atmosphere inside.

The interior and exterior styling of Vicky yacht are the work of H2 Yacht Design. As H2’s owner and design director Jonny Horsfield reveals, the interior design brief evolved with the project. “For the interior the client initially wanted to develop a traditional, European style interior with plenty of colour and finishes to give a rich, vibrant look,” Jonny explains. “However with time this changed to a much more controlled, muted, classy timeless look achieved with the mix of some traditional carpentry and modern furniture.

“The owners’ requirements were for a multifunctioning yacht, with a definite wow factor combined with total dedication to him and his guests comfort and facilities. The layout was worked on first and it’s fair to say the final arrangement is pretty unique for a 70m yacht. The guest cabins on main deck are not new, but the huge spa area on lower deck is, as well as the full width amidships owners’ suite behind the bridge. The double height atrium on the main salon is also pretty unique in this size of yacht.

H2 designed Vicky Yacht - Exterior

H2 designed Vicky Yacht - Exterior

“First impressions are always important. For me I think this interior has a certain wow factor without shouting too much, yet importantly it reveals more and more detail to the guests as they spend time on board and absorb the surprisingly eclectic and detailed interior. The first impression is of a relaxed, comfortable residential feeling interior, with plenty of light. This is the result of an interesting mix of fairly classic wall treatments and carpentry details combining with some contemporary European furniture.

“What makes this yacht unique is her general arrangement. She has three distinct features. At the heart of the yacht is the full width owners’ suite behind the bridge with its fixed balconies port and starboard. This gives a stunning vista as well as total privacy. Its location required careful planning for crew access however. The style of the owners’ suite is rich and quite classic with walnut and leather panelling but the furniture is modern and eclectic. The bathroom is an explosion of back lit blue and white onyx.

“The second feature is the double height main salon or atrium. This was a feature the client had requested from the very beginning and though you lose some floor area above, the overall feeling of height and space is simply unique in a yacht of this size. The quality of light in the main salon is very comforting, with indirect light coming from above as well as from the full height windows on main deck.

72 m Vicky superyacht - Interior

72 m Vicky superyacht - Interior

“The third unique feature on a yacht this size has to be the spa area on the lower deck. On the sister ship Talisman C this area housed four good sized guest cabins so to give this over to a spa was a brave and challenging feature. The style is unashamedly Asian, with teak and limestone giving a warm and tranquil area.

“In summing up I think this yacht has many surprises up its sleeve that need time to absorb and appreciate. She feels much bigger inside with facilities you will not find on any other 70m. The style is not too challenging but is inviting and comfortable in its ambiance.”

H2 designed 72 m Proteksan Turquoise Yacht VICKY named as finalist in IY&A Awards 2013

January 31, 2013

The gorgeous and impressive 2012 motor yacht Vicky has been named as a finalist in the upcoming International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2013. Launched by the leading Turkish builder Proteksan Turquoise in 2012 as a sister ship to the 2011 luxury yacht Talisman C, the 72 m Vicky yacht is entirely designed by bespoke H2 Yacht Design.

H2 designed 72 m Proteksan Turquise Yacht VICKY

H2 designed 72 m Proteksan Turquise Yacht VICKY - Image courtesy of H2 Yacht Design

H2 designed superyacht Vicky boasts beautiful interiors that can sleep up to 12 guests in maximum luxury and comfort. There are 6 fantastic cabins, including a full beam master suite positioned on the bridge deck, as well as 5 guest cabins, which are all situated on the main deck. The lower deck offers a full width spa and gym area. With a large hull door on starboard side, this area becomes a beach club with guest access direct to the sea. At night it becomes a ‘chill out’ area for late night entertainment.

Luxury motor yacht Vicky - view from above

Luxury motor yacht Vicky - view from above Image courtesy of H2 Yacht Design

72 m mega yacht Vicky - Exterior

72 m mega yacht Vicky - Exterior Image courtesy of H2 Yacht Design

Built in steel and aluminium, the 72 m mega yacht Vicky is Lloyd’s Registered as well as MCA compliant. She can reach a maximum speed of 17 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots, thanks to her twin 2,447hp Caterpillar diesels.

Luxury superyacht Vicky - Dining

Luxury superyacht Vicky - Dining Image courtesy of H2 Yacht Design

72 m megayacht Vicky - Salon

72 m megayacht Vicky - Salon Image courtesy of H2 Yacht Design

Bilgin Shipyard signs two new superyacht contracts

November 07, 2012

Following the recent success of the Gentleman Classic 160′ luxury yacht M&M, winner of the World Yachts Trophies, Bilgin Shipyard is pleased to present two new projects ordered earlier this year. These include the Bilgin 147 superyacht ELADA as well as the Bilgin 164 motor yacht ALFULK.

Bilgin 147 Superyacht by Bilgin Yachts

Bilgin 147 Superyacht Elada by Bilgin Yachts

Bilgin 147 Elada

The Bilgin 147 Elada superyacht project is a 45 metre vessel designed by H2 Design. It resembles the lines of superyacht M, launched in May. This new 47 metre boat is the yard’s second superyacht to feature a reversed bow.

Powered by twin 1915 hp Caterpillar C 32 engines, the BILGIN 147 Elada yacht will cruise at 17 knots, and will peak at 22 knots.

There will be guest accommodations up to 12 guests, in a master stateroom, 1 VIP cabin, and 4 guest cabins.

The special features of the luxury yacht Elada include a large lounge area on the foredeck with a Jacuzzi.

Bilgin 164 luxury yacht Alfulk

Bilgin 164 luxury yacht Alfulk

Bilgin 164 Alfulk

The second superyacht project represents the Bilgin 164 yacht Alfulk, designed by H2 Design. Built with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, this 49.90 metre displacement vessel features a traditional bow, and will be powered by twin 1650 hp Caterpillar 3512C engines, with which it will cruise at 13 knots, with a maximum of 16 knots.

There will be luxurious accommodation for up to 12 guests, in a master stateroom, 1 VIP cabin, and 4 guest cabins.