Briefly featured in The Yacht Report, LOU+LOU by Pierrejean Design Studio, is a 160-metre gigayacht with a maximum beam of 20 metres and a cruising speed of 25 knots. The concept came about after working on the Swift 141 for Abu Dhabi Mar, which should be launched by the end of 2011. Longer and larger, LOU+LOU should suit the ambitious aspirations of her owner with even more innovative spaces open to the sea.
The integration of new energy-focused technology, such as solar panels with photovoltaic modules for electrical systems, and hybrid propulsion with something called “electrical motorisation pools” [still in the experimental stage, further information was not forthcoming, Ed] allowing the yacht to reach eight knots in total silence.
Our initial research was mainly focused on creating an environment inspired by nature, with a layout adapted to the quality of living required aboard. It should enhance space with multifunctional areas and provide refined amenities for a feeling of intimacy, comfort and well-being.
This five-deck concept offers huge interior volume and is intended for global cruising throughout the year under all kinds of weather conditions. Extreme temperature contrasts, from the hot Persian Gulf areas to cold North Pole, have an impact on the selection of materials and equipment aboard, like air conditioning units used for heating instead of cooling.
Our goal is also to offer a comfortable and modern interior suitable for all situations depending on the mood of our client and so we propose a flexible, modular concept with removable decor panels, seat covering and carpet, allowing for quick and easy changes to create a totally different atmosphere. The opinions or suggestions made by certain members of the crew, accustomed to the specific habits of the owner of a yacht, have also been taken into account to ensure good service aboard. Our style is definitely contemporary and offers customers new interiors with no reference to the past, while providing a touch of freedom and refinement.
On the exterior, some parts of the yacht are open on two decks, while others are directly linked to the sea with private terraces and large balconies. Other features include an aquarium integrated into the swimming pool, large windows that penetrate below the waterline in order to enjoy the sea life, an interactive cinema area that can be transformed into in a large conference room. A discreet, interactive video wall that responds to movement as people pass by and a gym area linked to a well-being space, which includes a spa with a huge Jacuzzi, sauna and hammam, physiotherapy corner and lighting animations.
The galley is perhaps one of the most strategic areas of the yacht, which in terms of space, configuration and sophisticated equipment will make this place worthy of a 5-star restaurant. We had to imagine two very large galleys for LOU+LOU, one for the crew and another one for the owner and his guests. These galleys are created by a professional for professionals.
Original pieces of artwork from around the world—contemporary paintings, sculptures or installations, ethnical art and crafts—have been selected through internationally well-known galleries and by working directly with local artists. As a final touch, discreet aromas combined with subtle sounds inspired by nature will enhance the harmony onboard.