The recently constructed luxury yacht Hemisphere and sailing yacht Akalam were named finalists in the prestigious ShowBoats Design Awards, with luxury catamaran Hemisphere announced as the joint winner of the highly regarded ‘Golden Neptune’ award in both the Sailing Yacht Interior Design as well as Interior Layout categories. The glamorous ceremony has taken place in Monaco on the 22nd June in the famous Monaco Opera House.
As the largest sailing catamaran in the world at 44.2m (145’) Hemisphere is renowned for her impressive interior space. The twin pontoons provide a beam of 16m allowing for a vast main salon area usually associated with much larger yachts. The naval architects, Van Peteghem Lauriot Prévost, and the interior designers, Michael Leach Design, coordinated the use of the interior layout over two levels to create a sense of luxurious social spaces balanced with guest privacy and crew accessibility, with a further television room and five guest cabins as well as the galley and crew quarters all linked to this central area. As Marc Van Peteghem explains “By splitting the hulls into multiple levels VPLP were able to provide two spectacular forward guest rooms, while still preserving the 360° views from the saloon.”
Having chartered yachts for many years the Owners of Hemisphere started the project with a very clear brief: to create a family friendly interior style, using practical and easily maintained yet luxurious surfaces and textures. During the project the Owner’s wife was involved with all details; “She knew what she liked instantly” says Mick Leach. Attention to detail is second to none, with a consistent organic theme reflected in the great variety of finishes: a total of 18 leathers have been used and 15 types of stone, doors are lined with wrinkled dark leather, waves of pebbles line the showers, distressed walnut storage units provide a smooth contrast to crocodile finishes.
Mick Leach commented on the awards “Hemisphere was an exciting project to be involved in. The result is an amazingly tactile and unique interior. There is an incredible level of detail throughout and MLD are delighted that our vision and the high level of craftsmanship from Pendennis, Based Upon and Metrica has been rewarded with the Interior Design accolade from the ShowBoats judges.”
Pendennis was proud to be a sponsor of the ShowBoats Design Awards and now looking forward to a busy period over the next couple of weeks as they welcome 13 yachts, over 500 industry guests (including MLD), and 350 crew to the Pendennis Cup which takes place from the 2nd-7th July in Falmouth.