Isaac Burrough Design studio has unveiled a new 100m superyacht concept based on the desire to experiment with large and bold surfaces, resulting in a striking new creation. The studio, located in The Netherlands, is headed up by designer Isaac Burrough, and his latest creation is one that is based on Burrough’s grounded understanding of this size category, a result of his previous experience in the superyacht industry.

Burrough graduated from (the now discontinued) Massey University with a Masters degree in transport design. Burrough’s career began in New Zealand, where he spent time working for Alloy Yachts as a structure designer, focusing on the construction process. Burrough emigrated to Europe in 2012 to work for a leading European shipyard – where he stayed for five and a half years – before setting up his own design studio in The Netherlands.

Since opening his eponymous design studio, Burrough has released five concepts into the public domain, most of which are below 60m, until now. “During my career, I have worked on a lot of builds with really complex exterior surfacing, which is often really stunning,” says Burrough. “But for this design I thought it would be interesting to step away from that and try experimenting with larger, bolder surfaces.”

The new 100m superyacht concept features a striking exterior profile that has been developed to draw in as much natural light as possible. With this in mind, Burrough has created a continuous section of glass that extends over two decks and conceals a three-story atrium over the main staircase. As demonstrated in the renderings, the yacht also features huge exterior spaces with a 10m-long swimming pool.

I also think there is a trend amongst a lot of luxury car design concepts to have less tortured surfaces and hard creases, and instead really beautifully sculpted large surfaces. So, I thought it would be interesting to create a design that was really imposing, which I think I have done, but at the same time there as an elegance mixed in with the masculinity.”

- Isaac Burrough

Burrough says that he feels comfortable designing a vessel of this size. “I have worked on four different builds between 94 and 110 metres, so I thought it was important to leverage that experience to try and offer something new to the industry.”

Early on in the process, Burrough explains that in order to create the bold stance of the vessel, he needed to raise the bow a full deck higher than it originally was. This decision resulted in a mammoth 11m high bow that allowed the owner’s cabin to extend further forward, and as a result includes a private lounge, office, yoga studio, double en suites and two balconies off the main cabin.

“Like any project, there wasn't a fabled ‘aha’ moment, the inspiration came from a lot of places. We are seeing a rise in the use of a modern twist on Brutalist architecture, which I find really interesting,” Burrough observes. “I also think there is a trend amongst a lot of luxury car design concepts to have less tortured surfaces and hard creases, and instead really beautifully sculpted large surfaces. So, I thought it would be interesting to create a design that was really imposing, which I think I have done, but at the same time there as an elegance mixed in with the masculinity.”


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