Federica Fino, Alberto Frulla and Francesco Viola of Studio Satura are the three young designers working on their Master’s thesis, developing the naval platform for Floating Life’s K-series. Their efforts have already produced the 47m/154ft flagship luxury yacht K47 that has already caught the eye of a number of potential owners with its impressive design features and design methodology. Known as the ‘K47 TAXILA’, the superyacht was developed from the 45m/147.8ft naval platform which was originally created by Andrea Pezzini of Floating Life along with Mauro Sculli from Studio Sculli.
The three students approached Andrea Pezzini, who is an expert in yacht charter, management and design, regarding developing one of his naval platform creations for their thesis in Naval and Nautical Design from the University of Genoa and the Politecnico di Milano. Using cutting-edge design technologies, the result is a new concept that pushes the boundaries of typical charter yacht design while enhancing guest spaces on board.
Satura Studio creates digital sketches from the start that can be more easily manipulated into 2D and 3D concept images that later go on to become full renderings, and virtual reality has been another method used while interactive visualisation methods are also in development.
As co-supervisor for the thesis, Pezzini suggested they base their project on the 45-metre K-Series naval platform from Floating Life because of its use as for luxury charter yachts as well as the ease it could be extended by another two metres. Under the tutelage of Pezzini, this would become the new flagship for the Floating Life K-series.
“The result is superb. We have already shown it to potential owners who found it very interesting indeed,” Pezzini commented of the new naval platform. “The three designers have a very fresh yet sophisticated touch. It feels very positive to be working with young minds: you see solutions from a whole new perspective. I found working with them very interesting. I even put them in contact with my children so they could keep collaborating. Together they represent the future of both yacht design and Floating Life”.
K47 TAXILA can accommodate a maximum of 12 guests and 11 crew and is designed with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. She is designed as a go anywhere expedition yacht and the layout and construction were designed with simplicity and efficiency in mind for both clients and Owners when it comes to charter management.
The exteriors have removed all visual impediments so that guests have uninterrupted views of the surroundings. The main deck aft pool has a transparent bottom to allow for plenty of sunlight to penetrate through to the beach club below. Two large side hatches in the tender garage allow for easy launch and retrieval of larger motorised vessels and water toys, and the same area also hosts a comprehensive gym and spa.
Muted tones and textures emphasise the interior space and create a calming environment, within which there is a single salon on the upper deck that has excellent privacy while affording guests magnificent views of the surroundings.
In addition to guest spaces, the interior layout also considered ease of maintenance, especially during busy charter periods when large numbers of guests would be on board. With future refits and part replacement also a consideration, the furnishings and panelling can also be replaced for excellent adaptability to new trends and layouts.