SNEEK – The design, engineering and naval architecture studio of Vripack loves to ignore the norm. In yacht building, one norm dictates that if you have a new boat, rush photos to glossy mags whose readers love to dream and drool at the sight of a swanky yacht on turquoise waters.
With Project M5, Vripack eschews all of that. “The problem with yacht photos,” says Nienke Tromp, head of Vripack marketing, “is that the focus is on the yacht’s outside. The inside takes a back seat.” With Project M5, Vripack turns that around, to good effect!
Vripack designers spent hours picking the “perfect woods, stones and textiles for the interiors,” says Vripack Creative Director Marnix Hoekstra. Project M5’s inside reflects his clients’ sporty outdoor lifestyle, “in particular, kite surfing,” he adds.
For Project M5, Vripack conjured up a “beach house atmosphere.” For instance, the oak floors have been recuperated from New York warehouses. That atmosphere, you can’t get from new material,” says Hoekstra. “Our interiors are all about light, dark and the playful balance in between. We combined light sofas with a concrete and a steel, matte-black central staircase.”
Vripack gave his clients a Virtual Reality tour showing how natural textiles like silk and wool will look in the interior. Its VR tool takes clients into cabins, hallways and technical spaces. It assesses heights, sight lines, stairs and galley areas before the first rivet goes in. Crucially, the VR tool is part of Vripack’s commitment to cut a yacht’s build time by as much as 25% by 2019 compared to 2014.
Project M5’s interior shows the importance Vripack attaches to ‘holistic design’ in which yacht building disciplines are made to mesh. For instance, when a designer shapes a staircase, a Vripack engineer makes structural calculations. As naval architects draft the hull’s curve, Vripack designers are already considering the interior layout on the inside of the hull. “The outcome of holistic designing,” says Hoekstra, “is much richer ideas and better designs with greater efficiency.”