by Gautam Sen, Avik ChattopadhyayJan 13, 2021
Italian designer Pierpaolo Lazzarini of Lazzarini Design Studio has unveiled his latest cutting-edge design for a 137-metre mega yacht, 'Avanguardia'. An addition to the collection of Lazzarini’s avant-garde designs, the yacht’s sculptural form resembles the body of a swan. Avanguardia, which means ‘vanguard’ in English, features a sleek ‘neck’ with a control tower ‘head’ that protrudes from a ‘winged’, fluid torso.
On the top of an extendable bridge, the head of the swan serves as a control deck from where the mega-yacht is controlled, an unconscious influence from a 1970s Japanese manga. The position of the head (the control tower cockpit) can be adjusted during the sail to lower itself in the middle of the yacht, just as a swan can bury its neck in between its wings, extending the yacht's length to 157 metres when the neck is down. The cockpit can also be disconnected from the ‘neck’ and used as an auxiliary 16 meters boat.
The rear deck of Avanguardia includes a personal port for two jet capsules, also designed by a team of designers and automotive engineers. The mini-jet cruisers can optionally be connected to the main structure, becoming auxiliary propulsion for the mega yacht positioning. The electric jet capsules are charged by being attached to the main yacht body. The mega yacht also becomes a substitute auxiliary control tower, once the head is detached.
Up to 60 passengers can take a cruise on the mega-yacht and enjoy the five main decks it holds. The yacht is formulated with twin fully electric side engines, with a central MTU Rolls-Royce jet engine that will be able to drive it to a maximum estimated cruising speed of about 18 knots.
According to Lazzarini, “Avanguardia is just a stylistic exercise that could become reality with a client able to invest $500.000.000 for the construction”.
The innovative design of Avanguardia also includes helipads and a garage for storing vehicles, taking the concept of luxury yacht a notch higher.
Design: Lazzarini Design Studio
Overall length: 137 meters + 20 meters in case of neck down
Beam: 22 meters
Immersion/draft: 6 meters
Tenders: 5 (+1 Head)
(Text by Ankitha Gattupalli, intern at stirworld.com)