A client came to the Dutch design studio Vripack with the question: “Could you design a yacht with all the features of our traditional Brazilian house?” Vripack answered: "Yes of course, why not?" So they did.
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 splendor. With three generations, plus captain and crew, there’s definitely a lot happening on this boat. The layout of this globe-trotting vessel is, therefore, one of its key features.”
Marnix J. Hoekstra of Vripack added:
“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.”.
When owner and guests are boarding at the stern they will find a lofty one-and-a-half-story welcome lounge with lazy spiraling stairs and a step less connection to two senior VIPs. Vripack designed this project have a feeling of openness, spaciousness and to be nearer to nature.
The owner’s area will be connected to the children’s cabin. This project features also the option to transform the cabin into one big family’s area.
Tenders and Toys will find their place on the main aft deck.
“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 backward 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.”
“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 mid-deck the owner lets us know that we crafted a contemporary globe trotter that sets a new standard yet again.”.