The Next Big Thing
Part 2: Shimmering sunlight filtering through the pool will illuminate the entry foyer four decks below.
By George L. Petrie — February 2004
To demonstrate these concepts, Atabeyki initially developed a design, interior layout, and scale model for a 103-meter yacht. He approached Blohm + Voss, which agreed to join the venture as a partner to help bring the concept to reality. The shipyard recommended some revisions to the design, based on engineering requirements, but the concepts remained true to the original vision.
About two years ago Atabeyki and the shipyard began a collaborative effort to develop an even larger yacht that would embody those same design concepts: the M-147 project. Now that some details of her design have been unveiled, I’d like to point out a few of the yacht’s more intriguing aspects, as related by the designer himself.
Privacy for owners and guests was a major priority, and considering that the yacht has accommodations for 24 guests in 12 staterooms, plus a crew of 30, this is not a trivial concern. So in addition to the “usual” outdoor spaces, the yacht features an innovative full-beam loggia, or open area two levels below the bridge deck and between the saloon forward and the main dining area aft. Six of the guest staterooms (the VIP suites) have their own private balconies, facing outboard, one deck below the loggia.
Atabeyki’s concerns for the owner’s privacy are evident throughout the yacht, from the uppermost level (Deck 9) all the way down to the machinery spaces. While the model shows a helipad aft, there is also a concealed elevator just forward that allows for two additional helicopters to be stowed out of sight in hangars on Decks 8 and 9, making it harder for snoops to figure out just who’s onboard. The arrangement also means that maintenance and refueling can be performed under cover, rather than on the open deck.
Because of the yacht’s towering height, her layout includes several elevators. But to keep the owner’s party isolated from the crew’s movements, each elevator is partitioned, with a front door and a rear door connecting to separate passageways for guests and crew so that never the twain shall meet.
Guests venturing to the soaring altitudes of the sundeck (Deck 8) can relax around the poolside bar, sheltered by a retractable awning that can be moved up, down, or to the side. At sea the awning can be lowered to protect the bar from heavy weather. Or guests can invigorate themselves with a dip in the glass-bottom pool. Beneath, combining function with aesthetics, Atabeyki has designed an atrium that extends down to the main deck, so shimmering sunlight filtering through the pool will illuminate the entry foyer four decks below.
Next page > Part 3: Amidships on Deck 5 are six VIP suites, each with a private balcony. > Page 1, 2, 3
This article originally appeared in the January 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.