Astheimer designs ‘Solar’ yacht for an eco luxurious cruise
The latest yacht that aims to go green on the blue waters is the “Solar” from the design studio Astheimer Ltd in Warwick, UK. Carsten Astheimer, who heads a team with an experience of over 300 successful design projects, has worked closely with naval architects and engineers to create this eco-luxurious 75-meter concept. Carsten has also directed design teams at Pininfarina and Brunswick Corporation. The Solar yacht features open interior and exterior spaces that connect the on-board people to the marine environment. Featuring an explorer-type hull and aluminum exoskeletal superstructure, the vessel uses the latest solar panel technology by integrating formable transparent photovoltaic panels instead of the traditional glazing. The team behind the concept studied the field of BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaics) and large architectural projects like the Sanyo Solar Ark in Japan.
Rather than the “layer upon layer” large yacht design, they have opted for fully open interior space with a three-deck atrium at the center. An amazing on-board attraction is a real tree in the atrium that grows with the help of osmosis. Other lavish amenities include a raised helm station with 360-degree views, a master cabin with panoramic views and access to a private deck, a large open foredeck space with helipad, a foldout bathing platform, six social areas and nine luxury cabins with en-suite bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes.
The luxurious Solar yacht has been designed with the philosophy that perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.