Amsterdam-based designer Isaac Burrough revealed his latest design project today inspired by the Māori guardian of the ocean. Named Kiwa, the 110-metre concept puts a strong focus on sustainability, with an energy-efficient setup and low-volume design to help lower Kiwa’s footprint wherever she goes. Photo: Kvant-1
A hybrid propulsion system allows Kiwa to cruise in an Electric-only mode in order to explore sensitive marine environments, leaving only her wake behind. 200 square metres of solar panels on the forward superstructure provides enough power for the crew’s daily energy usage and the hotel load on board. Kiwa’s slim hull design that only measures 15.5 metres across along with a relatively low volume-to-length ratio makes this yacht more economical to propel at higher speeds. Photo: Kvant-1
“The intention for Kiwa was to design a yacht that is both modern and elegant," comments her designer. "Her sleek silhouette combined with curvaceous surfaces give grace despite her exploration capabilities. A yacht that will look sophisticated whether cruising the Mediterranean or the Arctic.” Photo: Kvant-1
Another exterior highlight is the glass-bottom pool that forms the centrepiece on the expansive main deck aft. On the lower deck, light from the glass pool above fills the full-beam beach club where guests can relax on built-in sun loungers that overlook the massive swim platform. A landing pad on the foredeck can accommodate Kiwa’s H145 helicopter, further extending the adventure possibilities of this sleek explorer yacht. Photo: Kvant-1
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