“The continuous search for new solutions, experimenting with different scenarios, is incredibly stimulating. Exploring new fields means encouraging creativity by constantly putting oneself to the test.” Bernardo and Martina Zuccon have long been engaged in the study and application of new types of accommodation in yachting, often fusing it with their experience in the residential field. Brother and sister, both architects, are at the helm of Zuccon International Project, the multidisciplinary architecture and industrial design office founded in 1972 by their parents Gianni Zuccon and his wife Paola Galeazzi, names of considerable weight in yacht design. “Today there is a lot of talk about home design combined with yachting, but it is important not to lose sight of the functional aspect of the craft: its sailing qualities. These are just some of the factors that make the work of those of us who design yachts different from that of our land-locked colleagues,” explains Bernardo Zuccon. “A yacht is not a static architecture and clearly its interiors have to adapt to natural movements without compromising the functionality of the interiors. Whether it’s a yacht or a superyacht, we see every project as a container of life that has to avoid changing in its spaces and functions. They simply transform and adapt to different dimensions and ergonomics, without forcing those who will live on board the boat to accept sacrifices".
So these are new scenarios for life on board that the Rome-based practice is conducting in particular with the shipyard Sanlorenzo, which it has collaborated with ever since 2016. “Alloy is a first example of how this exploration is translated into new languages to enable people to live better. The interiors are the result of a profound alteration of the traditional organization, starting from the owner’s cabin, conceived as a loft laid out on three different levels. On the SX 112, the interiors were designed to maximize the experience of life at sea. Here the barriers fall and the boat literally opens out to the sea creating a close relationship with the marine setting".
In the SD118 the approach changes. The practice decided to apply the concept of asymmetry, an idea that began with the SL line and was already included on the SD96, so bringing the uppermost deck closer to the sea, creating a total connection between interiors and exteriors. The concept of asymmetry continues on the SL120, the flagship of the Sanlorenzo range of planing hull craft, where it is reworked to enhance the usability of the spaces, in the large wide-body owner’s cabin, the external aft area and in the saloon in continuity with the exterior. The key theme of X-Space is flexibility: here the stylistic figures of the Navette and the almost romantic approach to boating coexist with those of explorer yachts, which express strength and solidity.