, 2022-07-18 05:00:00,
There is a new player in superyacht design and the studio has stormed into the industry with an outlandish project that charters new territories. Kurt Merki Jr, a Ghanian/Swiss designer based in Switzerland, who heads a product interior design and architecture studio, has weighed into superyacht design with an 80-metre project dubbed Symbiosis that reimagines the relationship between luxury and nature. Kurt Merki Jr has seen great success in both the private and commercial real estate sectors, building a thick portfolio of creative endeavours in the process. As the 80-metre superyacht project Symbiosis is the studio’s first foray into yachting, it enlisted support from Axel Massmann, CEO of yacht-green, who was involved in different, well-known superyacht projects including Living Trees and Worldwide Oldest Unique Bonsai, as Green-Specialist. The studio also pulled insight from Glenn Dalby, former Captain of the 126.2-metre superyacht Octopus and other significant yachts.
The superyacht concept Symbiosis spans six decks and has an estimated 3,000 GT. She’s been preliminary designed with accommodation for 12 guests and twice as many crew, but her GA is flexible and free to be curated specifically for an owner. “The GA isn’t important at this stage of design,” Janina Rinne, Project Manager and Architect at Kurt Merki Jr, told SYT. “Yes, she’ll have all the trappings of a superyacht of her size and class – helipad, beach club, sauna & wellness suite and an arsenal of tenders and toys – but our focus at this stage is to create a ‘symbiosis’ that feeds nature directly into her design DNA.”Ten new key features have been promised onboard Symbiosis that are experience-driven and which emesh nature with the luxury of superyacht travel. The studio has revealed that Symbiosis will feature a “Tree of Life” on the main deck aft, which acts as the centrepiece for the space. A cutaway has been designed in the upper deck, allowing whichever tree an owner opts for to grow through into the 140 metre-square lawn up above. This large garden is another of the features revealed by Kurt Merki Jr, and Rinne expressed with great enthusiasm that they’ve sculpted the area with a number of knocks and hideaways.
“Kurt Merki realised there is something missing in the…
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