Lazzarini Design Studio unveils zoomorphic swan-shaped mega-yacht ‘Avanguardia’

Italian designer Pierpaolo Lazzarini’s imaginative proposal for a 137-metre yacht features a detachable cockpit, an adjustable bridge, and five decks for visitors to enjoy the sea view.

by STIRworld Published on : Sep 14, 2020

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.

  • The design features a sleek ‘neck’ with a control tower ‘head’ | Avanguardia by Lazzarini Design Studio | STIRworld
    The design features a sleek ‘neck’ with a control tower ‘head’ Image: Courtesy of Lazzarini Design Studio
  • The cockpit can also be disconnected and used as an auxiliary boat | Avanguardia by Lazzarini Design Studio | STIRworld
    The cockpit can also be disconnected and used as an auxiliary boat Image: Courtesy of Lazzarini Design Studio

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 position of the control tower cockpit can be adjusted during the sail | Avanguardia by Lazzarini Design Studio | STIRworld
    The position of the control tower cockpit can be adjusted during the sail Image: Courtesy of Lazzarini Design Studio
  • The head adjusts itself just as a swan buries its neck in between its wings | Avanguardia by Lazzarini Design Studio | STIRworld
    The head adjusts itself just as a swan buries its neck in between its wings Image: Courtesy of Lazzarini Design Studio

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.

  • The rear deck includes a personal port for two jet capsules wings | Avanguardia by Lazzarini Design Studio | STIRworld
    The rear deck includes a personal port for two jet capsules wings Image: Courtesy of Lazzarini Design Studio
  • The mega-yacht holds five main decks | Avanguardia by Lazzarini Design Studio | STIRworld
    The mega-yacht holds five main decks Image: Courtesy of Lazzarini Design Studio

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.

  • Sketches of the swan-like form of Avanguardia | Avanguardia by Lazzarini Design Studio | STIRworld
    Sketches of the swan-like form of Avanguardia Image: Courtesy of Lazzarini Design Studio
  • Measured drawings of the 137 metre mega-yacht | Avanguardia by Lazzarini Design Studio | STIRworld
    Measured drawings of the 137 metre mega-yacht Image: Courtesy of Lazzarini Design Studio

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.   

Project Details

Name: Avanguardia
Design: Lazzarini Design Studio
Cost: $500,000,000
Overall length: 137 meters + 20 meters in case of neck down
Beam: 22 meters
Immersion/draft: 6 meters
Guests: 24
Staff: 12
Crew: 10
Tenders: 5 (+1 Head)
Helicopters: 2
Hangars: 2

(Text by Ankitha Gattupalli, intern at stirworld.com)

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