A bird… An airplane… or is it a superyacht? When I first saw the pictures of the conception of such a yacht, I thought it was a joke. After much research and an intriguing conversation with the man behind this genius conception I realized that Avanguardia is anything but just a conception.
Italian inventor Pierpaolo Lazzarini, conceived the Avanguardian around 5 years. What began as a fantasy dreamed of by a man enchanted to break the boundaries of vehicles of the same kind has become a project with real-life potential - and one that Lazzarini hopes will make the difference on a bold shipyard .
"The idea is to get inspiration from nature," says Pierpaolo Lazzarini.
"We believe that nature already gives us the necessary design forms to conceive new designs, so we based it on a swan - which is actually our logo - because we believe it is one of the most elegant animals. in the way it moves, in the way it feeds, and everything. ”
The visible USP of the ship is its neck, which, when in the neutral state, rises like a swan swinging in waves and lies flat on the water where the "head" detaches and turns into a canoe.
Although it is an interesting concept, the realization of the design was not at all easy.
"For five years, we tried many times to give it the final shape. "We tried about six different versions," says Lazzarini. "Before, we created a real neck crane, which was working properly, but it was not that good in terms of design. "The difficulty was to make it look as real as possible and not like a crane."
The whole thing looks appealing but the designer insists it is possible to build if a shipyard is bold enough to take on the challenge. However, stakeholders should keep in mind that while the ship's base has been tried and tested, it may likely need the ability of a shipyard to bring the swan neck to life.
"Yes, it is true that it is just a concept and everything works, but obviously in reality if someone develops this, they will surely want to change the neck model somehow because although it is quite stylish, it is probably not functional in the right way ", says Lazzarini.
In Lazarus's earliest edition, the head was a detached plane.
"The inspiration at first was to have a detachable head that flies instead of going into the water, but we had to put a drone on top and the landing was quite complicated," he says. "Even though it's a concept, we like to do things that really work and are not just animated cartoons, so we decided to replace it with a boat."
The first version with the floating system used with which the ship was able to slide in the water, but Lazzarini did not want the headless neck to climb and break the overall silhouette, so after some prototype modeling, the studio created the neck just like you see it now.
Looking at the body of the yacht, other highlights include its car garage, helicopter and storage space for two boats while the "aircraft capsule". These canoes are actually real life constructions. In fact, their design made Lazzarini win an award in a major competition in 2010 - the turn that inspired the former car parts designer to open his own design studio in 2012.
The studio has since developed a range of cabins and water vehicles for 'Jet Capsule', a company Lazzarini also owns, as well as concept yachts and cars - including those of the flying variety.
The big question: has Lazzarini taken any interest in shipyards? Short answer - yes.
"After some articles about the Avanguardia neck, we started contacting several shipyards from Italy and Germany - one of them is interested because they already had a commitment from their client for whom they have built 100 million yachts. "They were looking for information about the crane," said Lazzarini.
"The yacht builder is always looking for a new challenge. In the marine world, if someone says 'no, this is very difficult', it is something that makes the yacht builder happy - to create something that no one has seen before. ”
Avanguardia is the first of six concept yachts in the form of aquatic animals that Rome-based Lazzarini Studio will unveil in the coming months. The first of the series will be released before Christmas.
Whether you like Avanguardia or not, one thing is for sure - this will not be the last you hear from Lazzarini.
Prepared by: Iris Dajti