As stated by Anna Borla, a Milan-based yacht designer who with “Hide” participated to the Rossinavi Design Challenge 2020 contest, Hide is a yacht that focuses mainly on the concept of sustainability as its main feature is to blend in with the environment, giving importance to his surroundings. As Anna says: “I used dark and reflective colours and inserted many windows on the hull and on the superstructure, to allow the yacht in navigation to reflect the landscape in which it is immersed. In addition, these large mirroring glass windows allow you to have lots of lighting inside and always feel in contact with the outside. Hide wants to blend in with the surrounding environment."
Thanks to the use of solar control, UV-resistant Deluxewrap films, energy savings are ensured by decreasing the incoming heat. The external painting presents very dark colors with metallic effect (AWLGRIP) allowing a greater reflection of the surrounding landscape in order to accentuate the the mimetic ability to blend in.
But even if the designer's emphasis is placed on the environment, the boat is nevertheless very peculiar and interesting, not minimal at all. The superyacht, which can accommodate up to eight people, is characterized by a very large bow that allows a large upper deck with swimming pool, deck chairs and removable awning.
The owner cabin, located on the main deck, includes a very large double bedroom with two balconies, a study, a bathroom and a dressing room. On the stern, there is a private area and an electric door on the deck that allows the access to the beach area gym/wellness center. Two big VIP cabins and two comfortable guest cabins too. Each crew’s area has a private access to allow unobtrusive service in all areas of guests and owner.
Respecting the environment
This innovative design yacht presents a flat superstructure to allow photovoltaic solar panels, which Anna plans to add to the wheelhouse roof to support a hybrid propulsion system. The designer has provided space for lithium battery storage, it is assumed that the yacht will operate at a cruising speed of approximately 14 knots and a maximum speed of 18 knots. Anna says: "You have a perfect combination of luxury, relaxation and performance, with a focus to sustainability."
All interiors have a strong eco-friendly character and use natural, recyclable materials. To guarantee a good yield, resistance and lightness, Bellotti, Lariphon Eco Light panels were used; they are composite panels with external faces in birch plywood and a low density cork core, with high acoustic insulation performance. The ceilings also have a structure made of Bellotti Laripan BIO LR composite panels with faces in conifer plywood and thermal insulation core in rock wool. The floorboards are covered with oak planks in order to give the very warm and natural look of wood. In the relax, spa and swimming pool areas, a marine plywood flooring made of teak veneer was used.
Most of the internal bulkheads are designed to slide in order to create closed spaces respecting privacy or more open environment and large spaces in which to enjoy relaxation and comfort. The bulkheads also have a structure of Bellotti composite panels to guarantee safety, resistance and lightness. Lariphon Laricross is a composite panel with double structural construction, with characteristics of soundproofing and thermal insulation. The bulkheads have a wooden structure and glass panels, also 100% natural and recyclable material that offers bright and spacious rooms.
As for the furnishings and fabrics used, they are mainly recyclable and natural, such as linen and hemp for curtains and coverings. Part of the furnishings are covered with 100% natural materials such as Poltrona Frau's Saddle Extra; 100% natural leather with structural strength qualities.
Minimalist concept of design
Borla told us that since she was a child went sailing with her parents and admired the megayachts she saw in the harbour. Since then she has always thought that one day she would have liked to design those boats. She loves all aspects of the sea, and she is sure that the world of boating will increasingly respect the environment and that the boats of the future will be environmentally friendly.
Borla studied Product Design at Politecnico di Milano and would like to design products for yachts interiors. She has a very minimalist concept of design, likes simple lines and thinks that in this way only the design is elegant and functional. She is convinced that every design product, every line and shape must have a reason to exist. Formal consistency is always essential, both on board and in a building. Currently, she collaborates with a well known design studio in Milan where she is working on a beautiful and interesting project to transform an old 1940s US Navy tugboat into an smart luxury yacht. She is also working on the interior design project of a 60-meter megayacht.
Recently, Anna was named a finalist in Boat's 2020 Young Designer of the Year awards thanks to her yacht concept Black Heron. Ph. 2
Length Overall: 49,90 m
Beam: 10,00 m
Draft: 3,00 m
Guest: 8 people
Guest cabin: 2 Vip Cabin, 2 Guest Cabin
Crew: 8 people
Owner’s cabin: 72 m2