Oceanco + Lobanov design studio present the Tuhura Megayacht Concept
Tuhura, The Novel 115m Oceanco Yacht Concept Recently Presented At The Dubai International Boat Show Is A Revolutionary Tour De Force With Extraordinary Exterior Styling By Lobanov Design And A Complementary Interior By Achille Salvagni Architetti.
Tuhura, Oceanco’s latest project, conceived in collaboration with the Lobanov Design studio, Lateral Naval Architects Ltd and interior designer Achille Salvagni, was unveiled by His Excellency Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, Vice President and Chairman of Dubai International Marine Club – Mina Seyahi, and Senior Advisor to the Dubai International Boat Show.
Tuhura is truly in a category of its own, unlike any yacht on the market. Its design harkens back to ancient times. The exterior styling is reminiscent of early canoes; dugouts and other vessels used hundreds of years ago by indigenous people all over the world.
The Polynesians, in particular, famously made long voyage explorations across thousands of miles of open Pacific Ocean in their outrigger canoes. The thinking behind revisiting basic primal forms is to evoke a sense of exploration and discovery.
In fact, the actual name, ‘Tuhura’ is derived from the Maori verb meaning: to discover, bring to light, unearth, open up, explore, and investigate.
“Our Tuhura is a simple idea. The thought was to take a natural shape similar to those seen in the earliest canoe-type craft and augment it multifold to a larger scale, using modern technology. explains Igor Lobanov”
The main inspiration for the interior design in East Asia and the Pacific islands. Achille Salvagni refers to the interior as “a big brushed teak box” (floors, walls, ceilings) including thin reveals in gunmetal and natural bronze with tatami floors.
“This is a technically challenging and intriguing project”, says Dirk de Jong, Commercial Director at Oceanco.
“The hybrid CRP system is inherently efficient and perfectly suited to the canoe form, there is a synergy between the efficiency of the hull form, and that of the propulsion system, leading to a yacht which marries an evolutionary simple hull with an evolutionary advanced propulsion system.”
The hull has been conceived with multiple horizontal windows, utilizing an advanced glass technology that consists of a series of dots, allowing the view from within to be completely transparent, while from the exterior, the windows appear the same color as the hull, disguising their appearance.
“Tuhura is a megayacht conceived for a dynamic owner. Nevertheless, the timeless sense of peace and calmness are the main characteristics,” says Salvagni. “This softness and dynamicity are reflected in the sober elegance and sensuality of the primitive organic shapes echoed throughout.”
Lobanov’s masterful exterior design works well with the interior and is inherently flexible so that the yacht can be designed in any size from 80-120 meters in length. Tuhura’s hull and propulsion system have been developed in collaboration with Lateral Naval Architects Ltd. The pure simplicity of the canoe form leads to a naturally efficient hull with low overall resistance, good seakeeping, and excellent maneuverability. However, integrating a modern propulsion system in the canoe form presents a challenge and the team opted for a hybrid CRP (contra-rotating propeller) system from ABB. The development of this system was initially trialed in 2003 on commercial vessels. James Roy, Managing Director at Lateral Naval Architects Ltd, stated,
This is a technically challenging and intriguing project,” says Dirk de Jong, Commercial Director at Oceanco. “It is 180-degrees different from our previous two yacht collaborations with Lobanov Design studio, the 86m launched in 2013 and the 110m Jubilee launched just last year. Yet Tuhura is still 100 percent Oceanco DNA.”
Tuhura is designed for someone who has a true pioneering spirit and who desires to break the moulds of convention.
Interview with Architect
Interior designer of Tuhura
How did your collaboration with Igor Lobanov come about?
Igor and I have long admired each other’s work and we have been looking for a project that we could work on together. The timing and right circumstances evolved so that we could collaborate on Tuhura.
With such a strong exterior design, how did you begin to think about an interior concept?
An owner represents himself via the exterior design of his yacht, as that is what is visible to the world. However he lives inside, so the challenge is to make the interior match and reflect the exterior.
How would you characterize the interior of Tuhura?
In keeping with the exterior, the interior is very sculptural in terms of shapes. She is almost cocoon-like, kind of like a large wooden cradle that embraces you or like being in the belly of a whale. I imagine the interior to have a singular wood on the ceilings, floors, and walls— creating one large brushed ‘teak box.’ Tuhura is about a sense of simplicity and calmness.
As an architect/designer working on a concept design that has no client (yet) you have complete freedom. Is it more interesting for you to work from a blank slate or do you prefer to have the design constraints that are inherent with catering to a particular client?
First of all, I consider myself more of a psychologist than an architect, so I am happy when I have a piece of a story from which to work. In the case of Tuhura, with such a strong and powerful exterior design in place, I can imagine who the potential client would be.
The renderings show very little in the way of interior walls. Everything seems quite fluid and open?
I want the spaces to flow. There is a complete absence of corridors. This is not a residential project. It is a design whose language is more akin with aircraft or automobiles, it is meant to be aerodynamic and fluid. A yacht moves from place to place. The views are not static; through the windows and ports, one sees an ever-changing seascape. One cannot have hedges around a yacht as one does in a villa. The interior design provides a viewing platform to nature outside.
In addition to teak, what about the other materials in the yacht?
The interior is all about a sense of peace and tranquility. I do not wish to use the word luxury when talking about Tuhura. Anyhow, luxury is a state of mind; it is not about materials such as marbles or leathers. The interior design is about the volumes, space, and the ambiance, not about the richness of materials.
Who do you imagine would be the client for Tuhura?
Tuhura is such a special boat, her design is reminiscent of ancient vessels of indigenous people, such as the outrigger canoes used by the Polynesians hundreds of years ago for explorations. I imagine the owner of Tuhura to be an adventurous person. Someone who thinks differently, someone who is alternative and not afraid to be different, someone who is a seeker.
Do you think Tuhura will come to fruition?
Yes, I am an optimist and believe we will have a client. Tuhura presents a new way forward. I believe she embodies the elements that some new generation of superyacht owners are looking for. The richness is in the experience not necessarily in material goods. Tuhura offers an entirely new experience afloat.
Note: Image Courtesy of Oceanco Yacht, Lobanov Design, BMT Nigel Lee
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