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Yacht designer Igor Lobanov, of Lobanov Design, thrives trying things no one else has. That’s why his newest superyacht design, a collaboration with BMT Nigel Gee, bills itself as the world’s most exclusive private hotel.


Rendering courtesy of Lobanov Design

Yacht designer Igor Lobanov, of Lobanov Design, thrives trying things no one else has.

That’s why his newest superyacht design, a collaboration with BMT Nigel Gee, bills itself as the world’s most exclusive private hotel.

“Alex (Malybaev from FIRMA branding agency) and I exchanged some thoughts about yachting and came to the conclusion that to those outside the marine industry, all yachts look the same: It seems that modern architecture, product design and car design have no influence on yachts,” said Lobanov. “Malybaev penned an idea ‘on a napkin’ and asked me if a yacht could be like that. I looked at the sketch and set to work. The idea was so great that I wanted to prove it could become a yacht.”

The concept vessel, named STAR, is shaped like, naturally, the top half of a star, with over 3,500 square meters of interior space. Measuring 132 meters in length and over 60 meters in height, it features all electric architecture and fully azimuthing propulsion (in layman’s terms, rudders aren’t necessary and maneuverability is enhanced).

A central cluster of four elevators provide access across the private yacht’s eight decks. Elevators 1 and 3 extend from a sub-marine viewing area up to a viewing platform on the eighth deck.

The vessel has been designed with a maximum speed of 18+kts, with a range of 14kts of 5000+NM. BMT Nigel Gee is in charge of the naval architecture and technical feasibility.


“STAR is a tangible view of a 21st century interpretation of art and science,” said James Roy, Yacht Design Director of BMT Nigel Gee. “We are fortunate to live in an era where technology makes the delivery of bolder designs more possible – for clients who are adventurous innovators anything is truly possible”.


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