Heesen Yachts, Van Oossanen & Associates and Omega Architects

Satori is the first example of a new 50-metre all-aluminium design by Heesen Yachts. The yacht was launched at the shipyard facilities in Oss, the Netherlands in February and since then has undergone extensive testing in the North Sea before being delivered to her new owner in Monaco in May.
Lighter than other Heesen yachts of the same size, Satori has a top speed of 24 knots, making her among the world’s fastest 50 metres. With yacht number 15250, Heesen’s reputation as a builder of fast, luxury yachts is ensured.
In consultation with Van Oossanen Associates, Heesen’s in-house naval architects created a sophisticated hard-chine hull. Based on the experience of launching seventeen 44- and 47-metre custom yachts, the yard has created the most efficient hull currently on the market. Founded in 1978 by Frans Heesen, the yard is now the world’s leading builder of aluminium yachts. Heesen has produced more than 150 yachts, no two alike and won numerous awards.
Frank Laupman of Omega Architects designed the clean but striking lines of the new semi-displacement yacht with three decks plus a sun deck. Laupman has worked with Heesen for many years, indeed he developed the streamlined image of the entire fleet. As Satori is the first in a new range of 50-metre yachts with the same exterior, Laupman created a modernist signature arch in the profile that will be the trademark of the series. The arch stretches from the aft main deck bulwark forward, almost to the bow.
“We choose to be modernist and be “Heesen” (Frank Laupman signature) at the same time,” said Laupman. “On the bow she integrates with the rest of the hull to create that bird’s nozzle. On the sundeck we chose to have the oversized wings to match the arch. The overhangs show matching lines.” The studio designed the bigger and heavier Heesen yachts, the 50-metre Man of Steel (launched 2009) and Sky (launched 2010). “Their 9.00m moulded-beam design had an estimated gross tonnage above 500 GT.
Satori was meant to be lighter with a gross tonnage of 499 GT. For that reason we thought of making her look and feel lighter, which she does. Her lines are elegant and there is no superstructure or big ‘sunroof’ on the top deck,” Laupman added.
American owner Eric Benson from California christened the yacht Satori, a name that in the Zen Buddhist tradition refers to a sudden enlightenment that is considered the first step toward Nirvana. “I had taken delivery of a smaller yacht and was cruising in the Kornati Islands off the coast of Croatia. We drew into the bay of Korcula and there was a beautiful Heesen yacht anchored in the bay. The yacht, the sunset and surrounding area made for the most perfect setting. From that moment on, there was only one choice,” said Eric Benson, at Satori’s christening ceremony in May, at the Monaco Grand Prix. The sense of enlightenment can be seen in the interior concept created by award-winning designer Remi Tessier.
“We went for purity and a peaceful atmosphere,” says Tessier. Indeed, the interior space with its soft backlighting, reflective surfaces, and beautiful, sensual materials is almost mystical. “The interior concept comes from the relationship with the owner,” says Tessier. “He has a very simple, easy approach, but at the same time is a person who is sophisticated, with a high level of detail.” The Paris-based designer continues: “The entire yacht is in natural materials, giving a finish that is pure but sophisticated. We used a mix of very natural materials such as bleached brushed spruce for the doors, bleached wenge on the floor and natural sycamore on the ceiling with other natural materials in matt and a combination with more sophisticated materials with a shiny reflective effect, such as white onyx, eyeglass ebony, hand-etched glass and palladium leaf. A warm atmosphere was added to with subtle backlighting. There is a fresh touch with the white leather for the sofas and the bed heads. All of the upholstery and rugs are custom-made. All the materials are very sensual to the touch. Sensuality is very important. A combination of natural purity and sophistication make the boat quite special,”
Tessier says. Colour is introduced to the white, brown and sand tones through works of art. There are a few works by Damien Hirst, notably Butterfly and Pills, a diptych by Richard Prince from the Tiffany Painting series and a minimalist Blue Monochrome by Yves Klein. The French designer also designed and produced the freestanding furniture, using Satori as a showcase for his new Remi Tessier Private Collection.
The interior arrangement is quite traditional, with a saloon and dining area to the stern and the owner’s suite forward on the main deck. [...]

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