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15th May 2018

Sanlorenzo reveals the first asymmetric project in the world with the new SL102, already sold in Singapore!

Among the main shipyards in the world, Sanlorenzo returns to the international scene with a bold and innovative project, the SL102.

The idea of ​​creating an asymmetrical yacht stems from a well-defined design idea that is rooted in the company’s DNA and in its intrinsic capacity to redesign the interior of a boat, pushing its horizons further and further, while expanding the boundaries of nautical design each time.

With the aim of obtaining greater usability of the interior spaces while simultaneously keeping allowing better access to the exterior, the SL102 rethinks the well-established layout of a yacht, only keeping the side deck to starboard, whilst eliminating the port side deck, (which is instead carried on the roof of the structure), allowing through this asymmetric configuration, never tried before, to recover about 10 square metres of interior space.

Thanks to the desire to think differently and confident to step outside of traditional customs, the company thus again has proven its aptitude for working on the concept of space, moulding it at will every time, to give life to ideas driven by customers’ wishes.

The project

The unmistakable Sanlorenzo style is easily recognised from the start. The well-definted lines, the balance of the masses, the measured hull openings, the inclined and aligned powers, the streamlined and non-imposing superstructure are all key elements to Sanlorenzo’s timeless style.

As familiar as the SL102 silhouette is, there is something that catches the observer off guard. What might this be?

Explore the SL102 from all angle, looking at the port side, starboard side and then carefully looking at the bow: the SL102 is not the same from one side to the other! Sanlorenzo once again dares to offer something never seen before, never thought of, and never created in yachting: a boat with an asymmetric lateral layout.

Massimo Perotti, owner, but above all the energetic engine of Sanlorenzo, threw his heart into uncharted territory and rode the wave of this further challenge to traditional conventions, to propose new ideas that maximise living spaces, quality of life on board, and the relationship with the sea, the quintessential reason to own and use a boat.

If the starboard side has a deck that leads seamlessly from the aft cockpit to the bow living area, along which the bulwark at the living room level opens to form a terrace, (an idea that Sanlorenzo first applied to the 40Alloy  superyacht in 2008), the port side, on the other hand, looks like a wide body hull, thus a yacht much larger than the 31.10 meters of the SL102: the side is in fact continuous from the waterline to the flying bridge because the deck, constructed on the roof of the superstructure, an idea already applied once again to the 40Alloy, flanks the flying bridge at the same level, to then descend into the living room by a staircase of six steps. Also on the port side, at the level of the dining area, part of the side wall can be lowered, further expanding the panoramic view outside.

The asymmetry has in fact allowed for placing a large dining room with a floor to ceiling window that overlooks the sea on one side, while on the other, to starboard, a living room that opens on a balcony. Similar to a modern villa on the sea, a creative idea that compared to a traditional layout, allows for more space, brightness, relaxation, and better flexibility of use.

The birth of the idea has been a composite, with many creative minds joining forces to achieve the result. From an original idea by ​​Chris Bangle, a brilliant car designer who has recently collaborated with the shipyard, the technicians and interior designers of the shipyard, to Bernardo Zuccon, the young architect, following in the artistic steps of his family, who together with his sister Martina is dispensing ideas and professionalism to the sector while continuing the Zuccon International Project.

The reason for the asymmetry is fascinating, states Bernardo Zuccon, it is a real challenge and a typological experimentation. As an architect trained in residential design, I consider every type of housing a different way of living in a home. In our case, asymmetry is an interpretative key to a typological identification process. The real challenge was not to change the history and tradition of Sanlorenzo by making a mark, but to respect the strong image of the brand and its yachts, innovating without losing its identity.

In reference to naval tradition, we tried to forget traditional lines…to shift the balance. The luck of the naval designer has always been to draw half a boat and then mirror it. This project changes the consolidated flows and concepts. With this boat the design path is more enterprising and the times have been longer.

The other great challenge was to hide the asymmetry. If we had revealed it, that is, made it visible and obvious, we would have gone against the perfect balance of Sanlorenzo‘s family feeling. To achieve it, it took the courage that only Massimo Perotti could express“.

The SL102 disguises its asymmetry in the skilful design of the walls, which bear the same lines on both sides, and in the highly skilled masking game of the upper port side deck protected by a handrail that is also on the starboard side, more as a decorative than protective element, however useful for the containment of the sunbathing area housed on the roof of the superstructure at the bow of the covered wheelhouse, a design commonly defined by Americans as a Raised Pilot House.

The two passage areas to the bow, the one on the upper port side and the one on the lower starboard, were symmetrically adjusted, within the asymmetry, with the light-dark visual play of the windows of the bow and the roof of the superstructure, in a sort of “trompe-l’oeil” which requires the viewer’s careful eye to decipher volumes, passage areas, and movements.

It is necessary to reflect on this point, Bernardo Zuccon points out. It is not enough to see it, we need to look at it to interpret it. We are not upsetting the system, but rather moving the axis of symmetry differently. The sea is the protagonist of our work, which is what allows us to create different life scenarios. Being able to combine them becomes the successful result of our work“.

Sanlorenzo also offers various asymmetric layout solutions for the SL102. The European one proposes the owner’s suite at the bow of the main deck with a choice of a potential collapsible balcony and the living room with different seating configurations. In all cases, the guest cabins on the lower deck are four symmetrical double rooms. On the other hand, the American layout uses the forward area of ​​the main deck for a large country-kitchen which is connected the dining room located at the border towards the stern. In the hall, near the door to the cockpit, there is a bar counter. The owner’s suite descends to the center of the lower deck and there are three guest cabins, a double VIP and two doubles with single beds.

The decor and furnishings are also taken care of by the Zuccon International Project studio, through the sophisticated choices of Martina Zuccon. Like all Sanlorenzo vessels, the SL102 is also built according to the tastes and needs of each owner, in accordance with the “made to measure” motto of the house, which the shipyard can satisfy in a tailor-made manner.

In addition Sanlorenzo offers a choice of engines by MTU, allowing the owner to choose according to the yacht’s prospective use:

– 16V 2000 M86 of 1,630 kW/2,216 HP, classified by the German company “for fast vessels with medium load factors” for a maximum speed of 28 knots and a fast cruising speed of 25 knots;

 – 16V 2000 M96 of 1,790 kW/2,434 HP, classified by the German company “for fast vessels with low load factors” for a maximum speed of 29 knots and a fast cruising speed of 26 knots.

This stunning yacht will premiere at the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival, 11-16 September 2018 and at Singapore Yacht Show 2019 at its Asia Premiere.

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