Having been in the superyacht market now for seven years, in which time it has delivered five yachts between 30m and 35m, Arcadia yachts has joined forces with Hot Lab design studio to create a new superyacht range. Arcadia certainly has established a very distinctive style in its relatively short lifetime, but it will be interesting to see how this styling will translate into what the shipyard is referring to as ‘Arcadia 2.0’.

The use of language such as ‘renaissance’ and ‘renew’ in the shipyard’s statement to the press suggests that Arcadia has decided to reposition itself in the market with something entirely different. However, upon inspection of the first new model – called simply the A100+ – one can immediately pick up on a number of design elements from its previous projects, suggesting that it hasn’t completely disregarded its trademark angular and futuristic styling.

The design journey of Arcadia is an interesting one, as the shipyard’s ethos is built on ‘ethical principles’ and as such it produces yachts that, it claims, have a reduced environmental impact. Arcadia has introduced a number of interesting environmentally friendly technological solutions, including solar panels integrated into the distinctive glass superstructure, a hydrodynamically efficient hull, and minimal waste assembly line system, all of which have been worked into this new project.

Arcadia’s futuristic approach to yachting is also something that has been translated into the yachts’ design, in that they’re extremely angular and aggressive, in part a function of maximising solar gain for the solar cells. Now collaborating with Hot Lab, it’s clear that the design has been revisited, although the original values of the shipyard are very much present in the style of the A100+ which is testament to the strong characteristics of the shipyard’s design DNA. As Antonio Romano, partner at Hot Lab explains, “We have respected the masculine lines – clean and multifaceted – that represent the familiar image of the yard; however, we will reinterpret them to further develop the on-board living spaces, both inside and out.”

The new A100+ includes full-height windows, spacious external areas, the latest generation of solar panel technology and a generalised eco-green approach that will be applied to the entire operation of the yacht. Hot Lab has also proposed a much larger upper deck as well as optimisation of the foredeck, while introducing more effective positioning of the stairwells.

Hot Lab has created five different interior layout options which can be selected based on the owner’s needs, which not only simplifies design choices but also reduces development times as a result.

“We are convinced that the success of a yard, including Arcadia, is the experience that the owner and his entourage are part of from the moment they start to think about the new yacht to the point when they decide to sell it to buy another,” says Ugo Pellegrino, President and CEO of Arcadia Yachts. “Here the role of the design studio in the early phase of design plays a fundamental role in creating a solid and trustworthy relationship between yard and owner.

“After thinking very hard about our choices and working together on several pilot projects, we decided that the best partner to evolve into Arcadia 2.0 would be Hot Lab,” Pellegrino concludes. “I am sure that our collaboration will be an immediate success, both with our first projects and with the relations that we are developing with old and new Arcadia clients.”


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