Sometimes all you need is a fresh pair of eyes. Designer Chris Lane wrote a superyacht concept as a final design for his graduation several years ago. The 164-footer, which Lane named the Aegir, is both cool and buildable.
Named after the Viking god of the sea, Aegir is all about Scandinavian-inspired design, with a sauna, plunge pool and Scandinavian-sourced wood. Lane envisioned the explorer in the cruising grounds of the Norwegian fjords, where parts of the vessel’s mirrored glass superstructure reflect the dramatic landscape. The yacht also has a convenient hidden vantage point in the bow to view the Northern Lights.
“I wanted to create a disruptive charter concept that wasn’t just based on Mediterranean cruising, but leaned towards well-being, as if the boat were a floating shelter,” said Lane Robb Report.
Drawing on Danish hygge philosophy, which roughly translates into creating a warm and inviting atmosphere, Lane has carved out relaxing corners on the yacht where guests can be together. On the foredeck main deck is a large hearth surrounded by a curved settee facing the sea. A second fire pit runs alongside the outdoor dining table at the rear of the deck, providing a theatrical talking point during evening meals or a good old-fashioned Viking marshmallow roast.
The squared-glass superstructure offers views to all sides of the yacht, drawing inspiration from Dutch architect Paul de Ruiter’s minimalist land-based designs. The use of mirrored glass helps the yacht blend into its surroundings. An open-plan observation lounge is located on the upper level, with a terrace bar at the top.
A living wall runs the entire length of the yacht’s “central core”, from the sundeck to the lower deck. “My intention was to give each area a beachy feel, so guests feel connected, even when they’re sitting at completely different ends of the facility,” says Lane. “The living wall is a visual link that ties all levels together and connects guests with nature, even when indoors.”
In contrast to the expansive glass on the outside, the wood-paneled interior radiates warmth. Except for a few green flashes from the plants, Lane neutralized the color so that the all-white soft furnishings contrasted with the wood.
Arguably, the most interesting feature is the forward corner of the yacht, just forward of the full-beam owner’s suite. There are no windows other than a large skylight, forcing guests to look up at the night sky. “It felt like an often wasted space, but one that would be the most amazing place to see the Northern Lights,” says Lane.
In keeping with the Scandinavian boat theme, the beach club has a sauna, steam room and fully equipped gym. A marble-fronted plunge pool on the aft deck is backed by a cascading waterfall that spans both levels. “The sound of flowing water helps guests relax and unwind,” says Lane. There’s also a 13-foot-long pool, complete with a mirrored ceiling, separated from the adjacent gym by a sliding glass door.
The designer has deviated from the usual approach with the beach club: the area is located inside the boat behind the swim platform, which remains as a private space connected to the cockpit by flowing stairs.
The beach club, on the other hand, is accessed via a floating internal staircase. Any inconvenience caused has been mitigated with fold down side terraces which not only add to the hygge lifestyle to design, but also elements of privacy. “Not many yachts of this size devote so much interior space to the beach club, but I felt it was an important element of the wellness theme to make it tranquil,” says Lane.
The beach club’s larger footprint is also made possible by the yacht’s compact diesel-electric propulsion system and generators, positioned further forward than typical engine configurations.
Lane was inspired by the Wider 150, which does away with conventional power plants in favor of electric cables that connect to electric motors positioned above azimuth pods. When launched in 2016, the Wider 150 set a precedent for yachts designed around interior space and features, rather than engines. While the concept has been imitated in some cases, the formula may have been ahead of its time.
Like the Wider, Aegir’s propulsion system also includes an azimuth pod drive system, a lithium-polymer battery bank and bow thrusters, with power coming from four Rolls Royce Marine Gen Set engines. Lane also designed a depot for dinghies and sea kayaks, rather than a garage for jet skis or other gas-guzzling toys.
Of course, if you really want to combine sustainability and blend with the environment, Lane recommends a polar dip in the cold Norwegian waters.
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