Built as a family superyacht for experienced owners, the new superyacht’s lines and naval architecture was designed by Vitruvius Yachts upon the owner’s request, with Claudio Cicconetti being responsible for developing the general arrangement, and Guillaume Rolland of Studio Christian Liaigre in charge of interior design. Peter Wilson of MCM represented the owner for the duration of the build.
As they are experienced in global construction projects, it was essential to the Owners that the vessel be 100% custom designed to their specific requirements, from keel to mast.
With exacting standards to meet, Feadship De Vries’s outstanding pedigree in custom yacht construction made it a clear choice for the project. With a reputation for working on true bespoke superyacht projects, Peter Wilson of MCM – was chosen from the outset to represent the Owners and lead the project; and he delivered.
Vitruvius Yachts were selected to ensure that European design influences were retained throughout the project. This is the first time that Vitruvius Yachts has designed a project with Feadship
It was crucial to the Owners that the vessel should feature a well-balanced architecture and clean design. The brief was to create an environment that would be comfortable for the family, both at sea and when moored. The fifth vessel from Vitruvius Yachts, has been designed for efficiency and to deliberately express purity through minimalist, striking lines.
“At Vitruvius, we believe that architecture is the link between art and science. Art is also present in the clean and puré exterior lines, and the way the interior design by Christian Liaigre plays dramatically with the wood and immaculate white surfaces to transpon you into what feels like a whitewashed villa on the beach”, says Philippe Briand, founder of Vitruvius Yachts
The scientific approach to the project lies in the concept behind its aluminium construction, with an extremely efficient hull design from Philippe Briand. The hull lines, not least the distinctive vertical bow for which the designer is well-known, are a reflection of the true DNA of a Vitruvius Yachts.
The meticulously planned naval architecture of the project brings the fuel consumption down to just 11.5 litres per nautical mile at a cruising speed of 12 knots (top speeds of 16 knots), which is unprecedented for a yacht of 880GT. This improved efficiency reflects Vitruvius Yachts’ continued efforts to reduce carbon emissions from its yachts, and to promote better sustainability in yachting. It is a subject close to the heart of lead designer Philippe Briand, who is a founding member of the Water Revolution Foundation under the umbrella of the United Nations.
Art is present in the project through the stunning clean, pure and transparent exterior lines – a style for which Vitruvius Yachts is renowned – alongside the Studio Liaigre interior featuring woods dramatically placed alongside immaculate white surface. The resulting style transports the guest to a whitewashed beachside villa.
“We are exceptionally proud of our contribution to this stunning 58m vessel,” says director Henk de Vries. “Najiba has a beautiful, complex interior with numerous unique features. The clients are big fans of architecture and design, and took great pride in what they were creating. They were also determined to provide a comfortable environment for their families both at sea and when moored. They have certainly succeeded in this and it has been an honour to work with them.”