With its geometric glass and titanium superstructure, reverse bow, a conning tower style bridge deck and inventive stylistic touches, this 84-metre design from Espen Oeino is something to behold. Initial plans for this concept started before the economic crisis hit the superyacht industry but like many other designs, work had to be put on hold as clients concentrated on more fundamental business matters during the tough economic times. With things in the industry looking up after a much more positive 2010, Project Freedom is now back on the table for development.
Jim Evans, Managing Director of SuperYachtsMonaco, who is working with Espen Oeino on this project, explains that this unusual yacht design has emerged from an unusual design process. The development of the concept took place over many meetings on board a yacht, while cruising down the Moskova River in front of Moscow’s Kremlin.
Unquestionably a bold design, Project Freedom seems to be harking back to the imaginative yet feasible designs that were more characteristic of the pre-crisis years. At 84m in length, this distinctive yacht will have a large beam of 14m and will be able to accommodate up to 12 guests and 19 crew. According to Evans, the client wanted to incorporate in Project Freedom some of the unique features found on previous Oeino designs, such as a floodable stern dock, pool and beach club. The bridge deck is reminiscent of a submarine conning tower and below it is a striking geometric superstructure, which will be constructed out of a combination of glass and titanium. With a fully compliant helipad suitable for an Augusta 109 Power helicopter, as well as numerous toys and tenders, Project Freedom also boasts several bars, a glass-bottomed pool, a sauna, a Turkish hammam and other spa pools.
While most details of the interior layout are still under wraps, the concept boasts three-metre ceilings in the main deck guest areas and there will be an immense two-deck atrium complete with palm trees.