Seven stunning uses of yacht glass in superyacht design
Written by Sarah Rowland
Last updated: 21/12/2016
It’s no secret that the use of yacht glass has increased aboard today’s superyacht fleet, with recent designs featuring some beautiful glass superstructures and inventive amenities - some that can be seen from the dock and others that are hidden deep within the superstructure.
With the increased use of glass a great way to welcome in the sunlight and open up interior spaces to the natural world, Yachting Pages looks into seven of the best uses of yacht glass in superyacht design up until 2016; from ‘floating’ glass superstructures and floor-to-ceiling windows through to futuristic glass elevators and awe-inspiring underwater lounges.
1. M/Y A for her glass-bottomed swimming pool
Built by Blohm + Voss, M/Y A is a truly unique design – instantly recognisable by those in the industry. Designed by Philippe Starck and at 119m long, M/Y A has three swimming pools on board; one of which is glass-bottomed, and can be looked up into by the disco below providing a unique perspective for guests aboard.
2. M/Y Venus for her floor-to-ceiling glass windows
Self-designed by the late Steve Jobs in collaboration with Philippe Starck, M/Y Venus showcases impressive use of exterior glass giving her great presence as she pulls up in ports and marinas around the world.
Completed by Feadship in late 2012 after Steve Jobs’ passing in October 2011, the 79m motor yacht boasts floor-to-ceiling glass panels across the length of her main living area, and an impressive lineup of large cabin windows below, just short of floor-to-ceiling length.
3. M/Y Dubai for her circular glass staircase
Designed by British design studio, Andrew Winch Designs in collaboration with Platinum Yachts, M/Y Dubai boasts a show-stopping circular glass staircase at her heart, in addition to three on-board lifts serving her seven decks.
Connecting the owner’s deck and guest suites with the rest of the yacht, her ‘floating’ glass steps are bathed in light from the skylight in the top deck, and magically change colour to create different atmospheres and moods on board.
4. M/Y Stella Maris for her glass greenhouse canopy
Glass is a major feature aboard the 72m M/Y Stella Maris, which was designed by Espen Øeino to create a luxurious yet private villa-style yacht that would be home in any location.
Yacht glass is used cleverly throughout the design to allow for views of the sea with protected privacy. She has a dining area of her upper aft deck, encased by three glass walls, which, when desired, can be folded back to create an al fresco dining area.
She has a further glass-walled aft saloon on her main deck, created with custom laminated windows that are ‘sandwiched’ for UV and acoustic protection; and a unique glass lift wrapped in a glass tube. Another notable glass feature aboard includes its clever to create an indoor living winter garden, keeping in the heat and humidity needed for the climate-controlled greenhouse. This creation spans from the main deck up to the upper deck salon and is full of various plant life to connect the yacht with the natural world.
5. M/Y Rising Sun for her full-height curved windows
M/Y Rising Sun has an incredibly light interior and imposing stature, thanks to her lines of full-height curved windows that run along the entire length of her upper superstructure.
Designed by the late Jon Bannenberg to include extensive use of structural glass and a stripped-down profile, 138m Rising Sun was built by Lurssen for Larry Elison, CEO of Oracle Corporation, and is currently owned by American media mogul, David Geffen.
6. M/Y Savannah for her underwater lounge and viewports
Not only does Feadship’s 83.50m M/Y Savannah showcase striking use of yacht glass from her exterior profile with her ‘floating’ superstructure, she also uses thick glass in order to facilitate an awe-inspiring underwater lounge, created to allow her owner to be ‘at one’ with the water.
The glass-encased lounge is on the port side of the boat, and allows her charter guests to watch the ocean outside from one view, and guests in the swimming pool on the other side. The lounge is also multi-functional, turning into a cinema when not in use for underwater viewing.
7. M/Y Stiletto for her futuristic glass elevator and skylight
One to watch, and still as yet unbuilt, Oceanco’s M/Y Stiletto was unveiled to the industry as a concept design at the 2015 Dubai International Boat Show.
Designed in collaboration with renowned UK yacht designer Ken Freivokh, M/Y Stiletto has all the impressive features and luxury amenities that you would expect to find on a yacht of this size, including a central 360-degree glass lift and spiral staircase, which are lit from above by a large skylight, bringing sunlight down into the centre of the yacht.