Thierry Gaugain is not content with the ordinary. For proof, look no further than the megayacht designs he created in partnership with Philippe Starck, like Wedge Too, Venus, and Motor Yacht A. Gaugain continues his pursuit of extraordinary experiences on the water with his first-ever solo superyacht design, Project L. The 394-foot (120-meter) concept is more than a mere imaginative expression, however. She’s ready for sale, and therefore construction.
Gaugain drew upon his experience with both power and sailing craft for Project L. In fact, she blends naval-architecture aspects of both, for a slim, low-profile look and equally smooth performance. Also for performance, Project L will feature a diesel-electric propulsion system. Naturally, this means lower fuel consumption in certain modes, along with lower sound levels and independence from shore for long periods.
While the design, likened to a beach pebble, may seem to lack openings or ports, the reality is anything but. They just happen to be hidden, to preserve her profile. Compare the two visuals here, for instance, and you’ll see how a huge panel aft moves to reveal a significant-size pool and beach club. Navigation and communication equipment similarly hide, yet remain functional. For interior lounges and other social spaces, Project L has one-way glass, protecting the owners’ and guests’ privacy while bringing in light. (Speaking of light, check out the effect of that glass at night, below). The glass additionally features special treatment to blend with the exterior paint. In combination, the surfaces will reflect the varying lighting and tonal conditions of wherever the yacht cruises.
Project L will cruise with 12 to 36 passengers, understandably flexible for a client to tailor as he or she so wishes. Interested buyers should note they get a private, all-glass, forward-facing lounge. The crew head count is 40, though additional staff can come aboard, too. More interesting—and unconventional—Project L emphasizes single-level living. Furthermore, the megayacht has multi-functional, open-plan spaces.
In addition, for a stronger aquatic connection, Gaugin designed an underwater media lounge, along with a drive-in tender garage. He even includes a submarine capable of launching from beneath the hull. On the more sedate side, Project L has a helipad, a spa, and a gym.
SuperYachtsMonaco holds the central representation for Project L.
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