Redman Whiteley Dixon is once again the design team that Icon Yachts assigned the task to of working up a design for an optimized hull and platform, following the successful collaboration of the Icon 62. This time it is 80 metres long allowing for custom yachts of up to 95 to 100 metres length overall to be designed around it.
Already, Redman Whiteley Dixon (RWD) has drawn up one enticing example of what a prospective owner might like to do with it. Icon Yachts chose the first Abu Dhabi Yacht Show to unveil the Icon 95 to the public. Icon Yachts CEO, Wim Koersvelt says: “I have managed new constructions for a number of owners in the Middle East and believe this new Icon 95m will appeal to those looking for an efficient new yacht larger than the Icon 62m with complete freedom to customize”.
Justin Redman of Redman Whiteley Dixon adds: “The RWD Icon 95 is an elegantly proportioned yacht conceptualised specifically for the Gulf States. By keeping the superstructure to three decks the designers were able to evolve the assertive Icon profile towards a lean and low silhouette. Icon 95 includes a fully compliant LY2 helipad with its own arrival saloon on the owners deck aft. The raked fore and aft windscreens contrast to the sinuous hull and superstructure lines to give the profile a dynamic poise. Structural fabrics and tensile surfaces are a modern interpretation of traditional Arabic shipbuilding and architecture: This innovative detailing coupled with the clean lines will retain the proportion and presence allowing the profile to be adapted to suit an owner’s specific general arrangement”.
New Icon 72 by Newman Stacey Design/Martin Francis
Following on from the RWD 72m Chaser and Bannenberg 72m revealed last month, Newman Stacey Design – with Martin Francis – have developed a 72.5m profile for a prospective client.
Ollie Stacey says: “We have emphasised the horizontal lines, which has the effect of visually lengthening the vessel. The louvre fins that neatly extend from the superstructure aft are not only an important addition to the architectural language of the vessel but also provide a unique living space. This space has the benefit of combining the protection of an interior with the freedom of exterior living. Internally the yacht has been designed to make the most of the fabulous views. Large expanses of glass afford panoramic views from all guest areas culminating with a generous owner’s suite forward on the upper deck. Locating the owner here also provides the opportunity for exclusive privacy on the top two decks should this be required”.
Visit Icon Yachts at the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show from 12 to 14 March at stand 5F 30.