Aquarius, Autoban's the very first interior design project of 45 meter motor yacht won International Yacht & Aviation Awards !
Autoban’s first yacht design Aquarius is a 45m full wooden laminated epoxy tri-deck displacement superyacht that is destined to spend almost half of the year on the sea. Therefore, offering a home warmth and comfort that could have been hardly imagined stood as a guiding drive during the design process.
Autoban mastered well the delicate balance in the blend of functions and materials in a space where strict boundries go hand in hand with constantly changing external factors. This conscious tailored the transparent and semi-transparent interrelations between the space, daylight and landscape.
The yacht that is spread over 3 full internal decks plus an open-air sundeck, is considered as a one whole furniture and from the outer into the inner layers the narrative is conveyed shell by shell. The gradual change while erasing the distinct passage between in and out, added a certain depth in the interior design.
The main bedroom is encased by an outer shell of light and dark wood with beige hues to invigorate a wrapping sense by its curvaceous form and it delivers a contemporary interpretation of the classic style. Sliding horizontal slatted timber doors give access to starkly contrasted ultramodern bathroom. The same slatted panels cover the windows creating a closed area allowing filtered daylight and views to permeate into the interior. The main salon and the passages benefit from large windows from where flood a natural light that is further carried by bright white-lacquered ceiling. Rounded corners and organic forms are defined by polished teak and brushed oak among other wooden material. Along a braided wallpaper together they enhance the warm and cozy feeling.
Wet areas advocate Autoban’s fascination by uncommon materials, and common materials used in uncommon ways. The bathrooms are highlighted by a monochrome or dual streaked bookmatched marble that are selected for their unique vein structure and cover the space again as a shell from the ground throughout the walls.
The staircase connecting the decks takes the same approach to layering; a ribbed panels formed by irregular triangle slices curl around the staircase generating an immersive wooden presence to make the inhabitants feel surrounded by nature.
Autoban have applied their signature aesthetic by maintaining a unity in interior architecture engaging all indoor and outdoor areas. The bespoke lighting fixtures and furnishings of Autoban are accompanied in the exterior relaxation areas by complementary furnitures that are selectively chosen. All are to welcome both the serene life and the animated social gatherings on board. On the upper deck, a hot tub is introduced near the bow that is strategically placed next to a screen to foster again the enjoyment of the environment.
In an integrity, the whole layered interior architecture offers a sense of openness and richness, proposes plain but imposed style along high quality meticulous craftmanship. The materials are skillfully and instinctively pushed to reveal their full potential. The award winning total aspires to create an enduring and timeless design.
Total area 680 m2 Client Mengi Yay Yachts Engineering Ginton Naval Architects Interior design Autoban Project team Seyhan Özdemir, Sefer Çağlar / Zeynep Akten, Işılay Can, Burak Eyigün, Bilal Aydın Photography Engin Aydeniz