Kooilust Mare — By Diane M. Byrne —
Home, at Sea
|Come aboard Kooilust Mare, where you’ll experience an address of a different kind.|
Skyscrapers and museums often garner most of our attention when it comes to architecture, but some homes are equally noteworthy. One such residence is the famous Fallingwater, a weekend retreat in Pennsylvania designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the late 1930’s. While the home’s exceptional form warrants attention—it features multiple cantilevers that dramatically jut out over rocks, and it straddles a rushing stream—equally important is the way that Fallingwater embodies Wright’s nature-oriented approach to architecture. Not only do some of the interior spaces open to the outdoors, since the waterfall was a focus of the family’s activities, but the house itself was designed to be one with the environment—a markedly different method compared to that of other architects of the time.
Wright never designed a yacht, but principles similar to those he espoused inspired Kooilust Mare. This 150-footer, built by CRN, was intended to be a second “home” for her owners and their growing family; in fact, her name comes from adding the Italian word for sea to the name of their family estate. But more than being a floating home, she embodies architectural details that let all aboard appreciate their natural surroundings.
After its acquisition by the Ferretti Group in 1999, CRN began concentrating on building semidisplacement yachts with more flowing curves in their steel and aluminum exteriors. The yard teamed with Nuvolari & Lenard to effect this change. Magnifica, a 141-footer launched three years ago, was the first launch to embody the new approach, and her exterior elements are echoed in the styling of Kooilust Mare. From her swept-back radar arch to her hull, the vessel’s rounded lines flow softly. This is especially apparent at the after end of each deck.
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This article originally appeared in the April 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.