The Sanlorenzo SD the new entry level of this range sports attractive exterior lines by Studio Zuccon International Project with interior decor by Patricia Urquiola debutante to the superyacht world.
In the course of the latest Cannes Yachting Festival, Sanlorenzo presented the new (semi-displacing) SD 96, of approximately 29 metres. This yacht will be substituting the historic SD92, which was unveiled in 2007 of which 27 have been sold. The project design work of all the exteriors was once again entrusted to Studio Zuccon International Project which has been enjoying a more than consolidated working relationship with the shipyard. The new SD96’s lines have been reinterpreted without spoiling any of the distinguishing features typical of this brand. The Rome based studio has leveraged harmonious volumes with proportion. In fact the three decks are as elegant and harmonious as a yacht with two. “The aim in obtaining a classic timeless look was privileged, where lines are sleek and flowing yet functional with detailed attention addressed to volume so that the look of the hull and silhouette in terms of styling is, above all the top priority.
SD96 is made up from loads of past experience and tradition which now sails new routes, where familiar traits and functions have been reinterpreted as a contribution to write a new and fascinating page in the lifetime of this shipyard”, says Bernardo Zuccon.
The exteriors well recall the yard’s character at a glance which stand out in the shaping of the bow section’s window like cabin ports which reveal the introduction of One way see through film applied to them of the same colour of the yacht’s topsides which further enhance a sense of aesthetical cleanliness and pleasant continuity. The One way see through film used, is an idea perpetrated by Patricia Urquiola who was called upon to reinterpret the concept of space. With this project she lengthens the list of Sanlorenzo’s contributors like Dordoni Architects, Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel e Piero Lissoni who’s been the company’s Art Director since 2018.
“ I chose Patricia because I wanted to introduce a more feminine contribution to the interiors which up until now has been missing in the yachting world. Today she’s become the most sought after woman by the entire design industry for her capacity in conjugating beauty with comfort. All this with a touch of irony and poetic sensitivity, made up of love for what is not only glam and with plenty of respect for hand crafted work” commented Massimo Perotti Sanlorenzo Chairman.
Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola drew up a flexible interior design for the SD96, which can well adapt to changing needs. This means an essentially ‘hybrid minimalist’ inspired decor and an industrial one at the same time enriched with top of the range materials recalling the sea.
“Our starting point with Sanlorenzo was the sea, which proved to be a great source of inspiration in developing the concept of the entire interior decor, where the materials, shapes, and colour schemes recall those of the marine world, creating fluid elegant spaces made up of natural colours”, commented Patricia Urquiola.
Care for detail, choice of the materials and the knowledge and taste as how to blend them together have resulted in welcoming refined interiors dedicated to the SD96.
The living area
On the main deck sports stripped oak bulkheads and block wood parquet flooring. The layout in this area highlights the concepts of flexibility and efficiency wanted by the designer, while leaving the owner every chance to furnish the dining area with a table as well with a seating capacity of ten which can fold up into a convenient bench for example, or to enjoy the comfortable amplitude of the living area with no obstruction. The browned steel and wood staircase enclosed into a travertine shell, separates spaces by deploying a metal mesh screen. The upper deck can be accessed from this point where a sky lounge with opening window like ports greets guests in an area made up of modular elements which allow, according to the needs of the moment to organize a lounge, a dining area, or a movie theatre. The materials chosen for the decor of the sky-lounge enhance a sense of continuity with the deck, where the lounge with coffee table can easily double as a dining spot “al fresco”.
The owner’s suite is situated along the main deck in addition to a pair of guest cabins situated along the lower one. The first one sports a larger than average size and judging by the decor based on the presence of large window like ports, which come close to the glazed cut glass bulkheads with Liquefy motifs, creating a feeling of continuity with the contouring surroundings beyond the deck. The bathroom en suite is set up with travertine flooring, cut glass bulkheads and a browned tinted mirror. In addition to the other two guests cabins below there’s another living area which thanks to sliding doors can convert into another VIP cabin with dedicated bathroom.
All the furniture and accessories have been made specially to spec. In terms of size and of material.
The naval architecture for this superyacht is initialled by Philippe Briand and the hull has been repeatedly tank tested at the Marin naval tank in Holland. A pair of MTU 1,380 HP engines propel the SD96 to a top speed of 20 knots, and a recommended cruising one of 15.
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By Fabiano Maresca – Photos by Thomas Pagani
The sea trial was pubblished in Superyacht 64 – Winter 2019-2020