Motor Yacht ‘Lumen’ is the new 90m concept designed by Adriel Design for the prestigious Dutch luxury yacht builder oceAnco. Oceanco Project Lumen is placed upon the shipyard’s all new 90m+ PYC compliant platform which allows for more than 3,000 GT and up to 36 guests on board.
Lumen \ˈlü-mən\ Latin meaning ‘Light’. Also the name of a unit of measurement of the power of light as perceived by the human eye.
Superyacht Project Lumen receives its namesake by the act of producing light, a lantern, a source of light. The namesake lives up to the second definition of Lumen by measuring the power of light; a prism, a mirror, a reflection of light.
Definition 1: Within the heart of the motor yacht Lumen is an impressive glass and metal atrium which will be controlled by state of the art lighting and be visible through the amidships superstructure and the skylights through the sundeck. The exterior lighting on this vessel will be taken to a new level. Against the blackness of night, this yacht will have the ability to glow with the charm of a small shore-side villa.
One philosophical distinction with ‘Lumen’ will be the symbiotic relationship between the atrium feature and the exterior styling. Adriel has noticed a few top designers showing atriums as features within the ‘graphics’ of the exterior styling.
“I guess I understand the logic here; the atriums are expressed upon the canvas of the exterior design, prompting the viewer to realize that something substantial is taking place behind the large vertical glazing details found on these yachts. The result is stunning in its own right, but does compromise the long graceful lines of a superyacht. The shear, the drop shadows, superstructure overhangs, and the molded deck coaming, are all interrupted to satisfy the vertical exterior elements that support the ‘atrium-expression’ on these yachts. I want to ask if any supercar owners are disappointed in how small the back windows are in their mid-engine thoroughbreds. ”
“Certainly function and practicality has taken its place with the styling of supercars. If you want good visibility, buy a Range Rover! However, these new atrium-centric yacht exteriors look as if a Range Rover’s windows and roof lines have been fitted to the body of a Lamborghini Murciélago. To win the debate of “Bigger windows mean more light.”, I believe that some stylists may have nudged too close to missing the point of sculpting. Say it isn’t so. Adriel Design’s Project Lumen will prove that the atrium can be filled with spectacular natural light, and not have to achieve this by interrupting the styling that is fore and aft of large atriums aboard the modern superyacht. Lumen will be a sleeper in this regard. The atrium is as spectacular and as original as possible, but the exterior lines do not give away this feature. Long graceful lines are not interrupted. The hierarchies of Project Lumen’s lines favor the shear, superstructure, and the overall hull form. To me this achieves a one of a kind design that will remain timeless. This is how superyacht Lumen lives up to her second definition.”
Definition 2: The aforementioned graceful lines of Yacht Lumen contain the sculpted forms that draw your eye to the opposing surfaces. Undulating conical forms create outcrops and promontories along her profile. From the stern, the tapering forms invoke forced perspective. The inspiration for the cantilevered outcrops was derived from the ancient aesthetic of the pagoda; a tiered tower structure with multiple eaves. The eaves stretch forward along the hull to enhance the shape of the naval architecture.
Adriel wanted the exterior styling to work in tandem with the hull form, instead of appearing to be ‘stacked’ upon the hull.
“The hard chine appearance of an oceAnco hull form is complimented by the ‘pagoda’ tiered outcrops. The dominance of the chine cannot be ignored, and will collect light from the sun as much as any upper superstructure component. With that, we felt compelled to place our styling lines in formation with the strict elements of the vessels hydrodynamic features. The final note regarding this dominant element is found at the aft end of the outcrops. The line continues downward and aft, terminating at the swim platform just above the water line. The result is that foredeck shear line gradually falls all the way to the stern as one continuous line. These elements are redirected and juxtaposed throughout the rest of the profile and top sides. In this abstract way, Lumen demonstrates the power of light as perceived by the human eye.”