Abeking & Ras­mussen’s 323-foot (98.4-me­ter) flag­ship,

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Aviva, dis­places a mas­sive 5,000 gross tons and has a yawn­ing 57-foot (17.2-me­ter beam). Rey­mond Lang­ton De­sign, along with owner’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive Toby Sil­ver­ton, was re­spon­si­ble for the ex­te­rior styling. Rey­mond Lang­ton, which also de­signed the owner’s pre­vi­ous, 223-foot (68-me­ter) Aviva, built at the same yard, also de­signed the in­te­rior. The new Aviva has some­thing that no other yacht has: a full-size pad­dle ten­nis court. Pas­cale Rey­mond dis­cusses the de­sign chal­lenges with

Yachts In­ter­na­tional Ed­i­tor-at-Large Jill Bo­brow. De­sign­ing a yacht of Aviva’s size from a blank slate could be a Daunting ex­er­cise. how did the owner in­spire you? The owner said he was look­ing to cre­ate a yacht with a strong pres­ence, a yacht that was unique, one that would stand out from the crowd—some­thing dif­fer­ent. Toby Sil­ver­ton, the owner’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive, was very much in­volved with the ex­te­rior styling, and the words he kept com­ing back to were avant-garde and modern. Re­gard­ing the in­te­rior, the over­rid­ing brief from the owner was to make a true home at sea, as he in­tended to spend a lot of time aboard.

You worked with the owner on his Pre­vi­ous AvivA. sheer size not­with­stand­inG, how does this Yacht dif­fer? The older Aviva was clas­sic in style with a lot of wood. The new Aviva has a modern style with no use of wood. Also, the new yacht has a com­pletely dif­fer­ent in­te­rior lay­out that flows in an or­ganic man­ner with no straight walls.

what ac­com­mo­da­tions did You make for the siG­nif­i­cant art col­lec­tion aboard? For one thing, we cre­ated a higher ceil­ing than nor­mal to ac­com­mo­date the large pieces of art. As the art of­ten moves around on the yacht, hav­ing the right light­ing to ac­com­mo­date the art be­came very tricky.

what other de­siGn chal­lenGes did You face? The sin­gle big­gest chal­lenge was to ac­com­mo­date an in­door pad­dle ten­nis court mea­sur­ing 66 feet by 33 feet with a 22-foot height (20 me­ters by 10 me­ters by 6.7 me­ters) with­out com­pro­mis­ing or re­duc­ing the size of the guests’ and owner’s ac­com­mo­da­tions. Ev­ery space aboard Aviva is enor­mous—the owner’s suite, spa, gym, guest suites and sa­lons. Even the main ten­der is 46 feet long (14 me­ters). To fit in ev­ery­thing the owner wanted, we had to cre­ate quite an in­no­va­tive lay­out.

how manY it­er­a­tions of the Gen­eral ar­ranGe­ments Plan did You make? In our first pro­posal to the owner, we placed the pad­dle court on an ex­te­rior deck, but that did not work for

the owner. Once we got our head around the mind­bend­ing fact that we had to find an in­te­rior space, the en­tire lay­out took shape very fast. We achieved the fi­nal re­sults af­ter ap­prox­i­mately six ver­sions of the GA.

HOW DID THE OWNER’S DE­SIRE TO LIVE ABOARD FOR LONG PE­RI­ODS OF TIME AF­FECT YOUR DE­SIGN? We de­signed Aviva as a home, which means we had to con­sider prac­ti­cal­ity and func­tion above all. To that end, there is a mas­sive amount of stor­age and wardrobe space. And to ac­com­mo­date his day-to-day needs, he also spec­i­fied more var­ied lo­ca­tions for din­ing, re­lax­ing and en­ter­tain­ing inside and out. And, as the owner also works from the yacht, we cre­ated a fully func­tional busi­ness cen­ter and con­fer­ence room.

WHAT SETS AVIVA’S EX­TE­RIOR AND IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGN APART? Nat­u­rally, I think she is the best yacht of her size around. She has a pow­er­ful ar­chi­tec­tural ex­te­rior with in­cred­i­ble in­te­rior space and a well-thought-out lay­out. She is also full of sur­prises. While de­sign­ing her, I kept en­vi­sion­ing a TARDIS, the di­men­sion­ally tran­scen­den­tal po­lice box from “Dr. Who,” the lon­grun­ning sci­ence fic­tion tele­vi­sion se­ries on BBC. The TARDIS is big­ger on the inside than the out­side and ex­ists in dif­fer­ent, rel­a­tive di­men­sion to the ex­te­rior.

WHAT WAS ONE OF THE MOST SAT­IS­FY­ING EX­PE­RI­ENCES OF THE PROCESS? It was an in­cred­i­bly fun and ful­fill­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to ac­tu­ally play a game of pad­dle ten­nis aboard Aviva.

WHAT WERE THE GREAT­EST RE­WARDS? We are very flat­tered to see the client happy and to wit­ness Aviva turn­ing up in iconic lo­ca­tions around the world, such as at the Statue of Lib­erty in New York City and cruis­ing the River Thames in Lon­don.

DO YOU HAVE A FA­VORITE PART OF THE YACHT? There are so many great spa­ces that it is very dif­fi­cult to choose. An­drew [Lang­ton] loves the main deck lounge with sunken seat­ing area and ar­chi­tec­tural light­ing fea­tures; for me, it is the jour­ney to the pad­dle ten­nis court via the in­cred­i­ble stair­cases and lob­bies.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE EX­TE­RIOR HIGH­LIGHTS? The su­per­struc­ture and hull are con­trast­ing forms—both sculp­tural. The hull is soft and rounded like a sail­ing yacht, with the de­sign driven by the sea­keep­ing and lowre­sis­tance hull form. The su­per­struc­ture is more ar­chi­tec­tural with twist­ing, faceted shapes, in­spired by a car de­sign with metal­lic sil­ver re­ally show­ing off the form.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE IN­TE­RIOR HIGH­LIGHTS? We have an enor­mous up­per deck lounge, which can open up to the ex­te­rior with bal­conies to port and star­board. There are 30 feet (9.1 me­ters) of slid­ing doors on both sides of the room. The bridge is a bit like “Star Trek” meets Bent­ley. I re­searched a lot of sci­ence fic­tion in­te­ri­ors be­fore de­sign­ing the bridge.

HOWWAS IT WORK­ING WITH ABEKING & RAS­MUSSEN? It is al­ways a plea­sure to work with Abeking, even when the pres­sure is on. Aviva is our 10th Abeking-built yacht, but it is also our largest by far. Start­ing with a blank slate, we only had three years to de­sign and build Aviva, there­fore, we had a lot of pres­sure from the ship­yard to de­liver on time. This project means a lot to us and is very close to our hearts. We thor­oughly en­joyed de­sign­ing and build­ing Aviva and are ex­tremely proud to be part of the project. She is our best work so far.

For more in­for­ma­tion: abeking.com; rey­mond­lang­ton­de­sign.com

the owner finds gyms bor­ing. for Aviva, he or­dered up a pad­dle ten­nis court, sim­i­lar to the ones he has in his homes and at his al­bany re­sort in nas­sau, the ba­hamas.

Top: as with other as­pects of the yacht, the bridge is in­spired by sci­ence fic­tion, ac­cord­ing to rey­mond. Above: the owner’s brief was for a mas­cu­line hy­dro­dy­namic hull; the nearplumb bow was cho­sen more for sta­bil­ity and sea­keep­ing than aes­thet­ics.

Top: pas­cale rey­mond and an­drew lang­ton, prin­ci­pals at rey­mond lang­ton de­sign.Above: re­cessed light­ing in the sculpted over­heads and in­di­rect lin­ear light­ing cre­ate an in­door-out­door feel.

left: a bird’s-eye view ac­cen­tu­ates the de­lib­er­ate ex­te­rior color scheme: blue hull, sil­ver su­per­struc­ture, dark win­dow bands, and metal­lic gray de­tail­ing on the mast and bul­warks. the out­door built-in seat­ing is also painted metal­lic sil­ver. above: the decks are es­thec with dif­fer­ent pat­terns to re­sem­ble car­pet­ing.

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