SNEEK – The Vripack design studio has been issuing very edgy designs in recent years. In 2019, it even rebranded itself into a design studio “with a strong history in naval architecture and engineering.”
That wording signaled Vripack sees naval architecture and engineering – it has to date worked on 7,400+ boats – not as areas in which it is most useful to clients. Instead, clients must know that Vripack’s daring designs are made possible by solid engineering and naval architecture.
The latest proof of a big focus on the creative process is the 66m fossil-free yacht concept Vripack unveiled in mid-May. It boasts liquid lines at every level. From the outset, says Vripack, the focus was “to capture wildlife’s innate ability to freely propel through air and water.”
“That’s the beauty of naval architecture,” adds Co-Creative Director Marnix Hoekstra. “First and foremost, you should mimic nature in the sense that you use as little energy as possible when crossing through the waves. We were driven by that goal from the outset.”
Futura is slender, excels in sustainability and efficiency and is a third of the height of a comparable 66m yacht. The curious egg-shaped superstructure “is a concept that has been maturing in our minds for over a decade,” says Hoekstra.
Organic shapes continue throughout the ergonomic flow of the interior. Futura has none of the traditional deck set up. The result is a loft-style, split-mezzanine configuration. The large expanse of glass used throughout the design introduces Vripack’s signature ‘shadow-vs.-light’ interior design.
Inside, a vast 20-person dining table makes a bold invite to entertain, as does a DJ booth set up in the upper deck observation area. Up front are a helipad, a large shapely swimming pool and whirlpool.
Co-creative Director Bart Bouwhuis the Futura concept can hold 100,000 liters of fuel which makes Futura is an electric/diesel hybrid with a difference. Designed to run solely on ‘blue diesel’ if desired –a type of Finnish biofuel made from waste food currently being used in the trucking industry –it also has revolutionary bio-based batteries made from salt, sand, water and plants.
Charged by an enormous kite on an electric winch that can be released at the touch of a button (an innovative means of harvesting energy formulated by Vripack in-house), the battery bank itself is 100% biodegradable.
“What Futura offers owners is choice,” says Bouwhuis. “By approaching sustainability as a design challenge, we’re not waiting for owners to request this technology, we’re presenting them with a concept based on sustainable solutions that currently exist. The answers are out there, the supply is out there, owners just need to want it.”