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Yanko Design turned me onto the Oculus, a 250 foot superyacht that looks like a killer whale - or more specifically like a number of prehistoric plesiosaurs. So, I did a little more research and found some more fabulous images for you.
Above: A skull of a Kronosaur, a prehistoric marine reptile
above: A skull of a Muraenosuarus, a prehistoric marine reptile
Oculus is the first “design launch” of Schopfer Yachts LLC. This 250-foot vessel was designed by E. Kevin Schopfer, founder and owner of his namesake company. Designed to accommodate 12 guests in extraordinary comfort and style, Oculus is a long distance cruising yacht capable of speeds upwards of 25 knots.
above: Killer Whale (Orcinus Orca) skull
The exterior styling is representative of the jaw and eye socket bone structure of large oceanic fish and mammals.
Featuring a dramatic reverse bow configuration, the yacht’s armature balances an elegant expression of symmetry and structure.The interior features of Oculus focus on a 12 foot high ceiling the main salon, a cylindrical double height dining room, central stair and elevator tube, and seemingly anatomical ceiling and floor lighting extensions giving definition to the seating areas.
The second level is the dedicated Owner’s suite. Living areas and bedchambers are divided by a series of four freestanding tubes, which house bath and storage necessities. In addition to the main common stair, the second Owner’s stair connects to the third level aft private salon and deck / water feature.
The third level also contains the forward pilothouse and separate captain’s quarters. The generous open decks with separate water features are located forward and aft for convenient guest use. A third tubular deck / balcony is suspended on the second level adjacent to the Owner’s suite.
About the designer:
E. Kevin Schopfer, AIA, RIBA, is an award winning architect and designer whose work has been published worldwide. He is a founding partner of Ahearn | Schopfer and Associates. His primary functions include design, management and business development. In addition to his architectural responsibilities, Mr. Schopfer directs all interior design projects with a large portion of work focused within the hospitality industry. Through that effort Ahearn | Schopfer and Associates has been consistently ranked in the top 50 design firms in the United States.
About Schopfer Yachts:
Schöpfer Yachts was founded in 2008 as a US based company dedicated to the pursuit of advanced yacht aesthetics and technology.
Schöpfer Yachts is among a new breed of yacht companies, which will secure strategic alliances with the world’s finest naval architects and shipyards. This strategy will allow the flexibility to explore a wide range of design venues while insuring these designs meet and exceed the highest level of maritime standards. To that end, we are pleased to announce that Sparkman and Stephens (New York, Ft. Lauderdale and Newport) will be the naval architect for our first venture, the Oculus.
Sanibel Island, Florida
computer renderings by Tangram 3DS
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