By far the largest concept we’ve ever received, the latest design to come from Motion Code: Blue is 280m Imāra, based on a Suezmax tanker platform. Managing director of the Austrian design studio Christian Gumpold explains the thinking behind the project.

We wanted to see if we could improve the aesthetics of oil tankers by developing a private tanker-based yacht. With a length of 280m, a beam of 57m and 11 decks, Imāra sets new standards in private yachting. We categorise it as a YachtMax, as gigayacht and superyacht don’t capture the sheer size of the vessel.

The exterior design is characterised by the bright white with golden accented colour of the hull. We drew inspiration from shapes commonly found on tanker superstructures to develop a tower that is eye catching while remaining practical for crew operations and navigation. We wanted to generate a highly precious aesthetic combined with modern architecture-like elements.

The main exterior feature is the large atrium located amidships, above the wet garages and beach clubs. It stretches across four decks and generates imposing views from all angles to the wet garages below, where tender and toys can be operated easily through four side hatches — each 15m wide. A 27m tender can be docked within the yacht or can be driven through the length of the hull, thanks to the two side hatches.

We’ve included several lounges, restaurants, bars and shops around the atrium. Close to this is a superior waterfall on the main deck, where we’ve included a pool with integrated bar and palm trees. The raised foredeck is home to three helipads, two of which can be lowered to a hangar below, allowing a total of five helicopters to be on board at any one time.

The tower hosts a large bow-oriented guest terrace with bars, a dining area and lounges, while the wide stern terrace is exclusively dedicated to the owner with a private pool, Jacuzzis and sun loungers. The exterior shapes are combined with modern semi-transparent elements, inspired by ancient Arabic ornamental styles. This layer enhances the passing of natural light into the interior without disturbing the privacy of the owner and guests.

Getting around the vessel is made easy with the inclusion of custom BMW i3 electric cars. Several car lifting platforms and wide corridors on all decks guarantee fast transportation to any point on the yacht for the crew and guests. Several large main deck areas, along with the dark-coloured sections of the superstructure and tower, are fitted with solar panels to reflect the tankers new and ecologically responsible usage as a private yacht.

The interior is simply enormous with the upper decks of the tower hosting several private apartments with bow and stern-oriented balconies. There are a total of eight two-storey VIP suits located in the hull — each with private terrace, floor-to-ceiling windows, private salon and beach club. Each guest space also includes its own garage to house an i3 vehicle. Another 12 guest cabins are available too, with ceiling heights fixed at three metres throughout the vessel to create a cool loft-like feeling.

The yacht offers a variety of common spaces such as a 50m by 40m main salon, formal dining for 100 people, a semi-outdoor art gallery, several restaurants, bars and shops. There is also a tea-house, large seafront gym with a full-size indoor tennis court, four wide beach clubs with access to the sea, a cinema, theatre and concert hall. The opportunities are endless.

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