UPDATE, February 26, 2024: Project Jade has sold. The owners will take delivery within the next several weeks.. Read on for our original article.
Seven months after her keel laying, we’re getting the inside information—literally—on one of Heesen Yachts’ spec builds. Specifically, Frank Laupman of Omega Architects and Cristiano Gatto of the eponymous design studio share what inspired each of them for their role in the Project Jade design process.
While she’s the third Heesen 50M Aluminum Semi-Displacement project, she’s further notable for being the first in the series complying with Tier III engine emissions. That lends peace of mind for clients who like Heesen’s emphasis on good speed, which should be 23 knots max. It lends further peace of mind at the 11-knot cruising speed, which affords a 3,100-nautical-mile range. As much as the shipyard reminds buyers of this in the video, though, it’s keen to showcase what attracts owners in the first place, that being striking design.
One thing you’ll learn, for instance, is that Laupman used another Heesen, Galactica Star, as the inspiration. Of course, since his studio was responsible for her styling, too, he knew he could adapt certain elements. Immediately, if you’re familiar with Galactica Star, the Project Jade design stands out for her similarities aft.
However, it’s important to note that Project Jade isn’t a replica. In fact, Laupman points out that by raising the aft deck, the beach club is more voluminous. The two levels look and feel a bit more connected, too, especially important to owners and guests these days.
As for Gatto, he’s purposely choosing tones and textures for the Project Jade design to ensure she remains relevant a decade from now. As you’ll hear him say, he’s striving for a fresh, modern edge, yet one without the “cold” feeling that minimalism sometimes can convey.
Cristiano Gatto Design cristianogattodesign.com
Heesen Yachts heesenyachts.com
Omega Architects omega-architects.com