Sanlorenzo celebrates with the asymmetrical
SANLORENZO CELEBRATES WITH THE ASYMMETRICAL
This year Sanlorenzo’s sixty sixth anniversary coincided with the yard’s annual meeting held with owners, brokers and journalists. And there were loads of pleasant surprises.
Sanlorenzo brand supporters often say that Sanlorenzo does not follow trends, but creates them. And that is a very pleasing remark if ever there was one while being also an efficient slogan. However it but grasps only part of the equation: how significant have the yard’s sixty plus years been to Italian yachting history. Because, even when being stylistically interesting and commercially useful, we know trends inevitably are not meant to last long, while what this company has realized up to date constitutes a sort of manageable model which planted its policies in the realms of stability and longevity six decades ago, and has through the course of time been greatly imitated. Since 2005 when Massimo Perotti took the helm as CEO, President and major shareholder, Sanlorenzo has been highly creative and vital but always in line with its consolidated principles concerning naval architecture and engineering. Witnesses to this are the men who’ve been summoned to deliver their professional contribution time after time in the course of many years. They’re authentic gurus and masters of their own fields: Chris Bangle (considered as BMW’S genius), Tilli Antonelli (founder of the Cantiere Navale Adriatico, Pershing and Wider yard), Piero Lissoni (Alessi’s, Benetton’s, Cassina’s and Poltrona Frau’s “stylist”)and also the Zuccon family with their renowned architects’ studio that have drawn up some of the most famous superyachts in the world. And deservedly, two young designers of the family Martina and Bernardo Zuccon born in 1980 and 1982 respectively have produced what is in more ways than one a real revolution in the world of design and Perotti’s experimental nature did not ignore the project design of the first asymmetrical yacht in history. The interest for this was such that everyone invited at the “Elite Days”- the name given to the yearly event attended by owners, the press, and many more at Sanlorenzo’s shipyard in La Spezia, all really wanted to see ‘something’ and they were shown the first model in construction, the SL102 drawn up by the two young architects. “I’m very moved right now. I can hardly stand still” commented Bernardo Zuccon who then looked at the audience and added with a breaking voice “Our father is here but so is our mother”. Paola Galeazzi recently passed away but was able to see the project’s initial phases. “This yacht is an incredibly fascinating experience for us since we have always believed that research, the exploring of new grounds is part of our work so as to offer the lucky few the chance to use these beautiful yachts” added Bernardo. Various takes of the SL 102’s rendering were being shown on a mega screen as Bernardo’s words faded. We and everyone else were disoriented and lost our footing for a second, since at first glance there was nothing asymmetric to our eyes and in this sort of architectural magic which can hide an astonishing invention so well, to then reveal the talent that went into a project while the object of which was to obtain a tangible advantage in terms of accrued living space similar to a wide-body configuration but without the limitation imposed by the lack of of walk around deck space that this wide body configuration brings with it along the longitudinal sections which affects guests’ life on board just as much as
the crew’s. While manoeuvring, crew members often need to dash forward and back. So, looking at Zuccon’s project we find that one side of the entire superstructure, port side in the given case is perfectly aligned with the topsides while the starboard side comes in a little to leave an adequate passage way along which to move freely from bow to stern and vice versa. In this way, the saloon and master cabin together share about 25 square metres of accrued space in addition to a spectacular view overlooking the sea when compared to the same yacht with standard configuration. All of this is surprisingly performed by masterly illusion. Zuccon added “We’ve tipped the scales to one side, but I am sure that this decision will allow users to live the sea and enjoy the yacht from diverse points of view in the true sense. Maybe a little disoriented and ‘lost’ in the beginning because we’ve become too accustomed to finding things and passages in the same places”. Another new yacht presented by the family’s younger generation in the course of the “Elite Days” yearly event is the SX 72. In this case the ‘surprise’ is not brought about by things asymmetrical, but by the same brave shapes that have made the SX88 crossover principally developed by Sanlorenzo’s styling department led by Luca San-