Genesis nominated as a finalist in the 2024 Design & Innovation Awards
Winch Design is delighted that 80m Genesis (ex Cosmos) has been nominated as a finalist in the ‘Outstanding Exterior Design, Motor Yachts, 60m and above’ category for the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards. The awards ceremony will take place on 28th January 2024 during the Superyacht Design Festival in Kitzbühel, Austria.
The world’s largest and fastest all-aluminium motor yacht, Genesis, built by Heesen is instantly recognisable in any port. A bold grey curve emphasizes her superstructure’s tremendous volume. While a solitary swoosh outlines her vast main deck. These unmistakable lines are uncompromising and unremitting. The creation is crowned by a signature symbol — G — that glows proudly at night for all to see.
The exterior design exudes speed and space. An immense foredeck conveys the proportions of a sportscar and creates a blank canvas for entertainment opportunities. Most 80m yachts play safe with multiple indoor saloons on each deck. Genesis intends to live an al fresco lifestyle at high speed. Tier upon tier of outdoor areas prove that she is custom-made for activity and adventure. Any onlooker will be awed by her assertive lines. They convey tension and strength both fore and aft. Her sheer white hull is sculpted like a bullet that fires in one direction: forward. Her three-tiered stern, with its 8.5m swimming pool promises play, pampering and a connection to the ocean. Genesis can offer every activity to any guest, anywhere in the world.
An 80m yacht that touches 30 knots is almost unheard of. James Russell, Head of Yacht Exteriors at Winch Design wanted her to look fast. Wing shapes on the mid-mast elicit a sense of speed. Her superstructure, which rises in a single unbroken arc, balances that relentless tempo with composure and grace. Large surfaces are broken up by adding intrigue by way of subtle sculpting and colour breaks. The black-grey square windows in her lower deck recall the Nelson Chequer of the Royal Navy, underlining the project’s military-grade materials and engineering.
The exterior lines were dictated, in part, by a requirement for specific al fresco areas. The foredeck, for example, has the capability to host an Airbus H135 helicopter, allowing guests to breakfast in St Tropez, lunch in Ibiza, then catch sunset in Porto Cervo. When cleared for landing, a five-metre-wide cinema screen emerges from the helideck, alongside concealed corner sofas and subwoofer speakers.
The sundeck measures a mammoth 325 square metres, an astonishing figure for a yacht of this size. The space has been zoned into sunbathing, lounging, forward observation and bar areas with colours and fully custom furniture designed by Winch. The sundeck is well protected with darkened glass and sliding windscreens, so you have absolute privacy plus amazing views. The most intimate exterior space is the triple-deck beach area. A waterfall and mosaic night sky motif draw eyes to the upper deck from the 8.5m-long contrajet swimming pool sited on the main deck. The pool’s counter current works so well that swimmers will be tempted never to leave the water. In turn, the pool’s glass base casts caustic rainbows of light into the lower deck beach club below. Here a lucky few will find an elegant spa, sunken bar and fold-out bathing platforms.
The main tender garage was installed inside the slender bow beneath the Genesis foredeck, allowing space for the full beam beach club aft. Gull-wing doors open out from the topsides to reveal a crew RIB, multiple toys and tender. Despite packing technical equipment, a swimming pool, helipad and much more, the exterior ethos of Genesis appears unbending and unconstrained. Her slender bow and raked stem describe the commanding lines of a battleship, while her powerful lines point to the future.