Bernardo and Martina Zuccon are the young and creative minds of a design outfit that has its roots in 1972, the year their father Giovanni Zuccon (architect, designer and professor at “La Sapienza” University in Rome) together with his wife Paola Galeazzi, decided to open the doors of what would become a forge of historic projects in international yachting. An important heritage administered by Martina and Bernardo, who to date have succeeded in managing the family heritage by combining it with an innate passion for architecture, the ability to develop modern technologies and continuous research into the various fields of design. Qualities that apparently appealed to Sanlorenzo shipyard, with which the studio has been engaged in a busy, exclusive collaboration since 2016, already giving birth to no fewer than 8 Sanlorenzo models, including the first asymmetrical yacht and various Bluegames (another brand of the group), all now sailing. Martina and Bernardo engage in yacht design, but the Zuccon office also has extensive experience in the field of civil architecture, which adds interest to its partnership with a shipyard that in recent years has shown great interest in the connections between the two fields, naval and civil.
The Sanlorenzo 44Alloy (and the SX 112) clearly express the concept of living at sea according to Zuccon International Project: the consolidation of an approach to design which sees the studio engaged in typological experiments, characteristic of the residential sector but also valid for pleasure boating. “The impression we gained as we developed our ideas is that boats change their form but vary little in their content. The process of innovation in the context of living on shipboard is decidedly gradual. A boat today, compared to thirty years ago, has undergone changes but the development process is the same. Yachting is a very conservative area. We as designers have a responsibility to understand if and how we can improve the quality of life on board.” The Alloy44 made a theme of civil architecture its own: it was drawn first in section and then in plan. By altering the height of the decks, the Zuccon office ensured that a 44-meter craft, 9 meters wide, would have a master cabin laid out on three levels. In practice, it is a loft developed on three different closely connected levels: lobby, sleeping quarters and living/office area. In addition, the bow is completely free and allows the owner to reach the master cabin without passing through the saloon, further increasing the degree of privacy.