Zuccon International Project designs “TESEO”, a new 50 metre explorer for the Crn Shipyard


Italia (2)Architect Bernardo Zuccon, who was in charge of the project at Zuccon International Project studio, describes the philosophy, way of working and goals that inspired the design of the 50m Teseo.

“You like the sea, Captain?
Yes; I love it! The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the ‘Living Infinite,’ as one of your poets has said.” Jules Verne, 1870

Edition:Adilson Pacheco
Source:Studio Effeerre/andreasculati

«In design it’s important to know and understand traditions, experiencing them with a sort of emotional instinct that must necessarily be expressed in the design. The history of the sea is infinite, as a place where man has lived and developed his natural vocation for the concept of the ‘voyage’. And in this voyage the boat has always been a tool for making this ‘dream’ come true: a real promise of salvation, discovery and seduction.
The concept of the boat has been interpreted incorrectly in recent decades, only too often considered a mere ‘toy for grown-ups’, an expression of extreme luxury and wealth which is in some ways physiological but has totally lost sight of the boat’s traditional function, the purpose for which it was conceived and created. This is the idea inspiring the development of a project drawing on the historic features of a type of product ideally representing the conceptual ideal of ‘GO ANYWHERE’ which we have a ‘moral’ duty to associate with the image of a ship.
The product we now call an ‘Expedition Yacht’ is currently very popular, and a lot of shipyards which have in the past had a very different idea of ‘sailing’ have decided to invest in this form of typological experimentation for a number of reasons, one of the most important of which is response to the increasingly frequent demands of a market oriented toward reducing consumption and therefore costs in order to enjoy life at sea in the ‘healthiest’ possible way.
Teseo was therefore created at a time of strategic importance for this type of vessel, the features of which not only satisfy our need to be ‘Green’ but also respond to the increasingly spasmodic use of all the water toys now available on the market. The functional properties and layout of this type of vessel allow the owner to dedicate the entire stern, which is much bigger than the standard for vessels of this size because the volume of the superstructure is shifted much farther forward, to housing two 8 and 5 metre tenders and a water scooter (in the specific case of Teseo ).
In stylistic terms, Teseo was created with the intention of reviving stylemes and content historically associated with Expedition Yachts, with a sort of ‘Classic Experimentation’ giving the vessel a contemporary look, responding to today’s demand for an ideal ‘timeless’ boat that will sail into the future with style.
Another essential theme is definition of a flexible functional characterisation offering a variety of different opportunities for experiencing life on board, dynamic spaces that can be changed to suit the tastes of the people on the boat: specifically, a number of areas on the various different decks are designed to transform and adapt to potential different requirements of customers choosing to interpret the product in a more traditional way, that is, leaving the shore behind and making the most of life at sea, or for people who don’t want to give up all the comforts of a classic displacement vessel while enjoying the formal and volumetric qualities typical of an Expedition Yacht. The layout is highly customisable: for example, the big space at the stern may be set up as a Beach Club, possibly using the well-established ‘Tender Bay’ solution housing an extra tender in addition to those on the main deck, or as a big Storage and Diving Area for owners who want to set sail for a lengthy voyage without having to go ashore.
There are other potential layouts, for instance with the galley on the lower deck to leave the main deck free for more guest cabins at the prow or more space for the owners’ suite.
In this type of boat the main deck is set up to carry various toys and tenders at the stern, but can also be set up as a big cockpit with loose furniture once the tenders have been launched. The living area is designed for use as a big balcony over the sea. Four sliding doors on both sides may be opened or closed as desired without ever losing sight of the sea. The clear gunwale and the teak deck physically entering the living area promote and underline once again this desire to live in harmony with the ‘nature’ of the sea
The upper deck, with room for a big open patio at the stern, may host a panoramic living area or the owners’ cabin in the prow, which on this deck culminates in a big living area and sundeck exclusively for guests’ use.
In all layouts there is a true Wheelhouse Deck for the captain and crew, completely separate from the guest area to guarantee ideal living conditions even on long voyages.
The vessel offers all the flexibility required in a product designed for sailing and use under different conditions, in which the specific features of the place will determine different ways of using the vessel. In short, Teseo represents the expression of a typological experiment with roots in the vocabularies that have characterised the history of the ship, offering content that can respond to the inevitable passage of time, in the name of a formal and functional contemporaneity that allows it to respond to the ‘frantic’ demands of a constantly growing and diversifying market.»



Appointed by the prestigious CRN shipyard in Ancona to design a new yacht on an existing platform for the Explorer category, the studio founded by architects Gianni and Paola Zuccon presents Teseo, a 50 metre semicustom Expedition yacht available with three different layouts to suit all kinds of needs.
A recurrent element in Studio Zuccon International Project’s design work, the theme of timeless go-anywhere design is back again in the new Teseo project, a 50 metre Expedition yacht designed exclusively for the CRN shipyard. Reinterpreting the stylistic features and content historically associated with Expedition Yachts in a contemporary light, Teseo is a product for long sailing trips in all seas and weather conditions.
Reflecting on the principal challenge involved in the project, Bernardo Zuccon, in charge of design at Zuccon International Project, emphasised that “one key theme was definition of a flexible functional character capable of offering a variety of different opportunities for life on board, dynamic spaces that change with the needs of the person using the boat: a number of areas on various decks have been set aside to be transformed and adapted in response to potential differences in the requirements of clients who choose to interpret the product in a more traditional way – setting sail to experience everything the sea has to offer – without giving up all the comforts of a classic displacement vessel while maintaining the formal and volumetric features typical of the Expedition Yacht.”
This means maximum flexibility in the distribution of space is the key element characterising this new project, expressed in different on-board layouts which may be customised to suit the owners’ lifestyle. Teseo offers the perfect response to the demands of today’s market, which is increasingly demanding boats that save on fuel consumption – and therefore costs – while offering an ever greater selection of water toys on board.
The main deck is set up to house two tenders measuring 8 and 5 metres plus a water scooter at the stern, which is bigger than the standard for boats of this size and can be transformed into a big lounge area with loose furniture when the tenders have been launched. One of the variables in the design is the possibility of creating a ‘tender bay’ thanks to little patios that can be opened up in the two walls to create a living area opening onto the beach club at the stern. The same space can also be used as a storage and diving area for owners who want to spend a lot of time on their boats without going ashore.
The distribution of the cabins over four decks can also be varied considerably, depending on the solutions adopted. In the first proposal, the owners’ suite covers the full width of the main deck at the stern and the four guest cabins are on the lower deck, leaving all the space on the top deck free for outdoor areas: a big sundeck at the prow, a panoramic living area and a big open deck at the stern. The second solution is more unusual, with the owners’ cabin located on the lower deck along with two of the guest cabins, while the other two are on the main deck. The indoor living area on this deck is intended for use as a balcony over the sea, with four sliding doors that can be used to unite it with the outdoor cockpit. The clear gunwale and teak deck physically entering the living area promote and underline even more this desire to live in harmony with the ‘nature’ of the sea. Lastly, the third solution offers the owners greater privacy, moving the owners’ suite from the lower deck to the upper deck, over a big outdoor patio to the stern and an “alfresco” panoramic dining area to the prow.
In all these layouts there is a true command deck for the whole crew which is completely separate from the guest area, guaranteeing ideal living conditions even on long voyages.


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