One of the latest designs unveiled by the prestigious Dutch design and naval architecture studio Vripack is superyacht CASA concept, for which the design brief was to incorporate typical Brazilian house features aboard a vessel. Luxury motor yacht CASA concept was introduced at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show.
Conceptualising some one’s new yacht is a special undertaking for any design team. Especially when the owner’s wishes are simply crazy at first glance. Not shying away from any challenge thrown at them the Vripack’s bold holistic team faced the question; “Could you design a yacht with all the features of our traditional Brazilian house?” Their reply; yes of course, why not?
Robin de Vries, designer at Vripack explains; “The owner is in a time of his life where his children are old enough and his parents are young enough to join him on long voyages. They are active adventurers who will be cruising to harsh environments, so naturally they require the ability to be comfortably inside together while still enjoying the outside ambiance in its entire splendour. With three generations, plus captain and crew, there’s definitely a lot happening on this boat. The layout of this globetrotting vessel is therefore one of its key features.”
“Without proper guidelines this could easily lead to something extremely modernistic. For the owner it still has to look like a yacht. Not just a fancy object. It needed to be fresh and modern yet keeping traditional yacht lines. It isn’t a building; it’s a ship and it needs a bow”, adds Marnix J. Hoekstra of Vripack.
The Dutch designers studied the opportunities to incorporate ideas from contemporary Brazilian house architecture and combined this knowledge with two major trends from VriThink; ‘Transparency’ and ‘We are Nature’.
Arriving on board from the stern they designed a lofty one-and-a-half-story welcome lounge with lazy spiralling stairs and a stepless connection to two senior VIPs. The quintessential Brazilian house caters to both privacy and openness with a long and open interior layout and a loft element.
“The layout allows for the several different functions of a multi-generational family. She will sail all around the world, whether it is the Amazon or the Arctic and the Brazilian house architecture gave something unique to our yachting industry; the Hortus”, explains Robin.
“We basically shifted the traditional Sky Lounge backwards creating a full glass observatory. In front of that we placed the Hortus which functions as a breeze way. Surrounded with glass bulwarks the area is open to the sides. The Hortus can be easily cooled down, heated but better yet while sailing or at anchor you can be safe with the kids in the elements, thus experiencing the great outdoors as never before.”
Following the “we are Nature” trend, Vripack took inspiration of the shapes of leaves as a pattern for the deck and integrated furniture giving the feeling of openness and spaciousness. Below decks, the layout features a large parents’ room which directly connects to two kid’s rooms. There is the option to keep all rooms open as one giant family suite. The main deck aft remains obstruction-free, which ensures ample space for numerous toys and tenders as well as the elderly and tricycles.
“We have a tremendous amount of experience in modern explorers, but it’s the new degree of contemporary architecture in this concept that’s so exciting for us. With the lack of a traditional aft deck and the addition of a Brazilian-House-inspired open middeck the owner lets us know that we crafted a contemporary globe trotter that sets a new standard yet again,” concludes Marnix.
Technical Specifications of luxury yacht CASA concept
Current name: Casa
Type of vessel: Semi Displacement Motor Yacht
Design number: 7069
Year of built: 2014
Naval Architect: Vripack
Structural Engineering: Vripack
Mechanical Engineering: Vripack
Interior Design: Vripack
Hull type: Round bilge
Materials: Steel, Aluminum
Engine: 2x Caterpillar C32 ACERT (A-Rating)
Speed (max/cruising): 10 knots
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