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BMW DesignworksUSA Intermarine 55 Yacht

Thu, 17 Feb 2011

Following on from their alliance with Siemens on the Metro Inspiro train, BMW DesignworksUSA have collaborated with Intermarine, Brazil's leading luxury yacht brand. Having previously designed sea-going vessels for Bavaria Yachts, a manufacturer of entry-level yachts, the Intermarine 55 is a move into the upper segment of the yacht market for the consultancy.

"Intermarine is a famous connoisseur brand with a rich history, and to evolve its design forward with the Intermarine 55 is an honor," said Laurenz Schaffer, President of BMW Group DesignworksUSA.

The 55 measures in at 57 feet in length and was conceptualized to 'provide harmony for day and night use'. The internal arrangement of the yacht accomodates a saloon, galley, three cabins and two bathrooms, whilst comfortably providing seating for six people and one crewmember.

The team at DesignworksUSA created the unique design for the exterior of the yacht, taking in a mixture of powerful yet refined lines. The large windows that flank the vessel's accomodation areas have a unique shape, which create a focal point for its design, whilst offering passengers a comprehensive open view to the sea. 

The hull side windows of the 55 are integrated into the large trapezoid shaped windows, which are designed in such a way to boost the amount of natural light that  illuminates the interior. 

The feature lines in the hull are stylistic points that have been implemented from the automotive industry, as are similarly inspired details such as the air intakes in stainless steel.  

The internal areas of the 55 were conceived from the theme of 'open horizons', which aimed to provide maximum openness and space for the occupants. Taking inspiration from modern architecture, the cabins within the vessel are full of natural light and light reflections. The big windows in the saloon, cabins and even the bathrooms are all designed to allow occupants a wide view of the ocean. The saloon door offers perfect integration with the stern area thanks to its wide opening via three door panels. And because of Brazil's favorable climate, the deck of the 55 was designed for increased functionality and ease of transitions between the yacht's different areas.

"We're eager to share the Intermarine 55 with the world when examples begin setting sail later this year," Schaffer said, "and likewise to continuing the evolution of this design story with the unveiling of upcoming yachts for Intermarine."

By John O'Brien