Henri held a consulting role all throughout the construction of this superyacht called the Symphony, real floating gem of 101.5 metres.
In 2008, the luxury group LVMH acquired Royal van Lent, the Dutch shipyard specialized in the custom design and construction of prestigious yachts sold under the Feadship brand.
In 2015, this shipyard delivers the biggest superyacht ever built in the Netherlands, called the Symphony.
During the construction of this masterpiece of elegance, detail and execution, Michael Sherman had the privilege of having an advisory role to the customer and to Van Berge Henegouwen Company, in charge of the AV and automation solution.
This 101.5-metre and 3,000-ton motor yacht that travels at 16 knots cruising speed and 22 knots maximum speed, is the winner of the World Superyacht Awards 2016 in the prestigious category of yachts of 2,999GT and above.
It can accommodate up to 16 guests in its 7 staterooms and the owner’s private deck, and 27 crew members.
Symphony offers many distractions on board such as a movie theater, a nightclub, a swimming pool, jacuzzi, spa, gym, mini-golf, an outdoor bar, a beauty salon…
This yacht was designed by big names in architecture : Tim Heywood for the exteriors and François Zuretti and Peter Marino for the layout and interior styling. Peter Marino was originally inspired by residences in Bali and Thailand to which he added some African influences to create what he calls this “summerhouse on the sea “. The interiors are the most elaborate ever seen on a superyacht. They include over 300 different finishes and an incredible quality and attention to details.
Technically, the shipyard has also managed several challenges to perfectly match the new safety standards code PYC – Passenger Yacht Code – and to create this crafted, stylish and technological piece of art.
The engine room is exposed as a work of art in the guests corridor leading from the movie theater to the beach club. Blue LEDs illuminate this behind the scenes area, visible through the big glass walls.
In the elevator shaft, a video wall of 25 screens spreads over a height of 5 bridges and recreates a virtual but realistic aquarium.
The afterdeck is pleasant outdoor living area at day that can easily turns into a nightclub at night.
Photos © Feadship
Boat International Magazine, Design issue, May 2016
World Super Yacht Awards website