December 12 2022
12 Dec 2022
Heesen Yachts has unveiled the first renderings for the interior of its new 49.8-metre superyacht Project Orion. The Dutch-based shipyard has teamed up with Cristiano Gatto to create an interior that is not only unique to Project Orion, but also reflects and complements its progressive exterior lines.Project Orion, also known as Project YN 20750, takes inspiration from NASA’s Orion spacecraft with a stellar interior design.
“The interior style of Project Orion is the result of our research moved by matching and partially contrasting needs: comfort in luxury,” commented Cristiano Gatto.
Her interior has been developed to utilise her 499 GT of internal volume, with materials and furniture especially engineered to reduce weight, streamline the maintenance of concealed equipment, while easing the installation process. “We have combined construction details and opulent materials to use as Crown Jewels that refine the space whilst making sure it stays cosy and comfortable,” added Gatto. Artisans and craftspeople at Heesen Yachts Interiors are responsible for all aspects of the internal construction and finish of Project Orion.
She uses more than 37 different materials including high gloss woods, woven leather, marbles and custom carpets. “We have used shapes and materials that exude comfort and serenity whilst showcasing a refined atmosphere where materials, their combination, details and shapes highlight the uniqueness and exclusivity of this bespoke yacht interiors,” said Cristiano.Project Orion is able to accommodate up to 12 guests across six sumptuous staterooms. Her master suite will be situated forward on the main deck, while her full-beam VIP, two doubles, and two twin suites will be found on the lower deck. She benefits from plenty of natural light, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and open bulwarks.
Project Orion features an exterior design by Omega Architects and naval architecture by Heesen and Van Oossanen. She is constructed from lightweight aluminium and belongs to Heesen’s advanced 50-metre Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) aluminium series. Project Orion also features a shallow draft of 2.15-metres, making her Bahamas-friendly. With a hybrid power system, Project Orion will deliver both a silent cruising capability and flexible power management for maximum energy efficiency. Using just 600 kW each, her twin MTU 12V 2000 M61 (IMO III) engines will deliver a top speed of 16.3 knots. At 12 knots Orion will consume just 98 litres per hour, excluding hotel load, and at 10 knots in hybrid mode fuel consumption falls to just 45 litres per hour.
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written by Sophie Spicknell