Superyacht owners sometimes request their design teams come up with features rarely seen aboard yachts. That type of creative challenge often results in interiors that range from whimsical to far-out. No matter what the look, it’s highly personal, and personalized. It stands to reason, then, that shipyards constructing superyachts on spec want more mainstream, broadly appealing decors. Not Bilgin Yachts, however, at least in the case of Nerissa. The 157-footer (48-meter) deliberately breaks that rule—and her design team is all the more delighted.
To bring Nerissa to the market, Bilgin Yachts tapped H2 Yacht Design. The studio was a natural choice. The two companies collaborated on about half a dozen previous projects, dating back to Tee Dje. She launched in 2010. For Nerissa, the Turkish builder specified a contemporary look unlike anything else afloat. Interestingly, H2 Yacht Design selected a material with certain appeal in residential designs: copper.
Indeed, wide metal bands rim the spiral staircase at the heart of Nerissa (above). The same tone appears in other rooms, too, in fabrics—not just on furnishings, but also on walls—as stone inlays in tables, and more.
The metal isn’t the only surprise aboard the superyacht. Sunlight plays a significant role, adding to the decor quite unexpectedly. The glass bottom of the hot tub on her sundeck is, not coincidentally, directly above the spiral staircase. Glass mesh screens separating the stairway’s lobbies from the floating treads of the staircase itself catch that light, and reflect it further. In addition, the glass mesh screens are somewhat see-through, augmenting the brightness even more.
Some more subdued spaces are, of course, aboard Nerissa. The owners’ suite is a traditional oasis, with a fold-down balcony. Four guest staterooms below decks, and a best range of 4,000 nautical miles under MTU power should catch buyers’ attentions. As the first Bilgin 156, Nerissa needed to fit the larger market’s needs.
Ultimately, though, what will get her future owners’ attention is her boldness. Take a look at some of the daring differences.