The LILA-LOU Design Studio has recently revealed their strikingly modern interior and decks for a highly acclaimed 33-metre motor catamaran: the Curvelle 33X9.
Curvelle was set up in 2004 to create a team of naval architects and specialist cat designers and exhibited at the Abu Dhabi World Energy Summit in 2009 with designs for a new part solar, part diesel powered superyacht. “Over the last decade, there’s been a real buzz in commercial markets about the benefits of catamarans over monohulls”, says the Curvelle website. “For very good reasons. Catamarans are simply more efficient and far more stable. Our yachts cruise equally well at speeds between 10 and 25 knots and, because of their highly efficient hull design, use far less engine power and fuel. And with about 50% more space to play with than a comparable monohull.” The yachts are designed by naval architects Incat Crowther of Sydney, Australia, and built by Cheoy Lee, the ISO-certified Chinese shipyard known for the quality and durability of their commercial vessels and private yachts.
The difference is that these yachts are designed for both private and fractional ownership. Owners can buy one or more eighth shares to enjoy all the pleasure of a superyacht at a fraction of the commitment. “A management company services and crews the yacht on your behalf and you share in the running costs. The carefully selected, highly-skilled crew is made of up of a captain, engineer, two stewardesses, chef and a deckhand. Your share guarantees you three weeks summer cruising in the Mediterranean and two in the Caribbean winter season every year. At any time in either season when the yacht’s not being used, you and the other members can decide to charter it and share in the profits.”
Founded in 2005, the LILA-LOU design team has won much industry attention with their exterior designs for Ankida (a 73-metre sailing yacht), G108 (a 108-metre motoryacht) and the Double L Explorer, (a 47-metre motoryacht), among others. As such, LILA-LOU has been commissioned to develop three further projects for the Curvelle brand, including a 43-metre catamaran and a 25-metre solar yacht, utilising some of the most progressive technical solutions.
Curvelle Director, Luuk V. van Zanten has been working directly with LILA-LOU partner, Alexander Isaac, previously Associate Director of Bannenberg Designs. “We have exceptional space in the 33X9 due to its catamaran design”, Van Zanten commented. “The nine-metre beam offered our designers the freedom to develop something really special for our customers. The yacht already provides huge space advantages over an equivalent length monohull, so we have given the interior design that something special in quality, flexibility and breathtaking contemporary styling.”
Lila-Lou is also in the process of producing a second more contemporary exterior stled yacht.
Alexander Isaac says “A contract has been signed with the Cheoy Lee yard and building is due to start in October with an anticipated construction time of 13 months. I would say the flexibility of the guest accommodation is the standout feature: six guest cabins—either double or twins or a combination thereof—can be converted into three suites with sitting rooms, or a combination of any of those arrangements.”
Specifications of the Curvelle Catamaran:
Length: 33 meters
Beam: 9 meters
Displ: 130 tons
Speed: 10 – 25 knots
Range: 3,000 nm
Power: 2 x Caterpillar C32
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LILA-LOU LONDON is a highly skilled yacht and interior design studio specialising in 2D and 3D architectural drawings combined with detailed specifications for private vessels, residences and jets.
Particular emphasis is given to creating customised designs and sourcing the finest products, works of art and accessories across the globe. The prime purpose is to create a unique product for each client’s individual requirements, combining essential qualities of excellence, beauty and practicality.
Founded in 2005, LILA-LOU LONDON has already completed a number of projects which have attracted media attention.
These include a 300 ft. Lurssen sailing yacht – one of the world’s largest – built in Germany in 2007, the total renovation of two luxury apartments in London’s Kensington and Chelsea, the conceptual planning for a block of 181 apartments in Los Angeles, California, and 8 penthouses in Cape Town, South Africa, and an interior design proposal for Feadship’s SL39. Currently LILA-LOU is working on the architectural replanning of the exterior and interiors of private residences in Montreux, Switzerland and Gower, South Wales, the interior design of the Curvelle range of fractional ownership superyachts, and the conceptual exterior and interior styling of motor and sailing yachts between 45m-108m.