Compiled by Team IAnD
Photography: Courtesy Foster+Partners
Foster+Partners' design of the Alen68 motor yacht uniquely combines the elegant social spaces of a cruising yacht with the fun of a day boat.
The Alen 68 motor yacht by renowned yacht design and construction company, Allen Yacht has just been launched in Istanbul, Turkey. The architects and interior designers for the yacht, Fosters+Partners have treated the project unlike typical boat interiors, and have used a streamlined form and a refined materials palette of bleached oak, white leather and white onyx for the aesthetics of this 68-foot mean machine that can speed up to 45 knots.
The design of the interiors of this fast, agile craft emphasizes the sense of flying across the waves. Unlike typical boat fittings, the furniture does not touch the inside of the hull, but traces the contours of its white leather walls. By revealing the smooth lines of the yacht, space has been created for a flexible ‘pod’ system of up to three cabins.
A stair leads down to the prow of the yacht, where the lounge is naturally top-lit by a central strip of glazing. The versatile, open-plan layout can accommodate up to twelve guests, and sports private niches for relaxing. To the stern is the master suite, with a double bed and leather chaise lounge, and the galley and bathroom are in the centre of the boat.
Every detail has been considered and prototyped, from the bathroom drawer that extends into a compact vanity unit, to the placement of grab rails, which are seamlessly integrated with the structure. In a subtle reference to traditional nautical design, a horizontal band of teak is used as a recurring detail, revealed in the interior of the white lacquered cabinets.
The Alen 68 has 20 per cent more volume than most comparable motor yachts, creating more free deck space, where the bespoke furnishings include a modular unit of three sun loungers plus two recliners on either side of the wooden fore-deck. The yacht also has space for a large tender, jet skis and paddle boards. At the helm is a conventional wheel and state-of-the-art automatic controls, as well as cameras for full visibility. The driver’s bench can be elevated in its entirety to allow the whole family to sit ‘up front’ and steer a course. A black fabric shading screen, like the cover of a sports car, can partially or fully enclose the seating area to protect the yacht in all weathers.