As beautiful as yacht interiors may be, sometimes beauty lies in the details outside. Such is the case with Joy, bearing so many surface shapes, they deserve their own photo gallery.
The 230-foot Joy, built by Feadship and styled by Bannenberg & Rowell, is a wonder of sculptured sections and chamfers (edges cut to create bevels or bullnoses). The freethinking design studio took an initial concept created by Feadship and, well, joyfully moved, manipulated, and supplemented shapes. “Chamfering the edges effectively raises the external deckheads, both around the side walkways and the overhanging aft decks,” explains James Carley, director of exterior design. The studio didn’t do it simply for styling’s sake. It horizontally and vertically strengthened the connection between adjacent spaces. “This created an ease of flow and movement around the yacht,” Carley says. “We wanted to connect with the surroundings, to garner the best views out and allow as much light in as possible.”
As much as the views outward are enticing, the people who get to see Joy from on the water have the real advantage. There are lowered and cut-out bulwarks, along with concave facades. Rectangular skylights sit over an alfresco gym, leading the eye up toward the glass-faced pool. Pantographic doors descend downward to open. An elongated foredeck leads the eye aft, as well as up to take in all the eye-catching elements. (Also perfect for the owner and guests to playing a game of pick-up basketball. Yes, the crew can set up a basketball hoop here.) Upward-hinging doors just off the swim platform, for entry into the beach club. They “open like the bomb doors on a B-52,” according to Bannenberg & Rowell. The transom itself opens up, too, “transforming itself into a canopy over the swim platform and giving Joy another highly distinctive characteristic.”
Through each of these, Joy has movement and, at risk of a pun, fluidity even when sitting still. Enjoy the art of architecture aboard this yacht.