Three finalists for the World Superyacht Awards 2018

We are thrilled to announce three (!) of our designs were chosen as finalist for the World Superyacht Award 2018: 50m Home, 55m Laurentia and 47m Book Ends.
The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday May 19th in Firenze, Italy.
We keep our fingers crossed!

In the category Displacement Motor Yachts Below 500GT - 40m and Above:

50m Home
Photo courtesy of Heesen Yachts

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47m Book Ends (photo by Jeff Brown)

In the category Displacement Motor Yachts Between 500GT and 1,999GT:

55m Laurentia
Photo courtesy of Heesen Yachts

Inside Omega’s new NedXplor 38 superyacht design

Charl van Rooy wrote the following for SuperYachtTimes

Since the modern pocket explorer superyacht arrived on the scene in the mid 2000s, we have seen a dramatic change in the capabilities of these versatile vessels, making them more adaptable and appealing to new and experienced clients than ever before, many of which are able to safely and independently take their owners around the world in search of real adventure.

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Omega NedExplor 38 Design

Omega Architects is continuing the development of this popular market segment with the release of their new NedXplor 38 expedition yacht project. The vessel is designed by an all-Dutch colaboration to deliver the best of both the modern superyachting and off-road exploring worlds through a platform that is characterised by innovative storage and layout solutions that offer the same amount of guest spaces associated with a conventional 38-metre without sacrificing any exterior deck areas and tender-carrying capabilities.

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NedXplorer 38 Concept

The exterior profile suggests that the NedXplor 38 is ready for some serious action with a powerful and dynamic stance created by the reverse incline of the bridge windows as well as the high freeboard and near plumb bow. Ready to carry up to five tenders, the raised main deck aft area is also designed to receive a helicopter when not in use as an aft lounge terrace. The tender garage on the lower aft deck converts into a beach club.

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Inside there are five cabins that offer accommodation for up to 10 guests. The mood of the suggested interior décor is relaxing and simplistic in a very stylish fashion. Bright materials and surfaces along with life-size windows create a wonderfully airy environment and provide the perfect setting to enjoy the surrounding views from.

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In addition to developing the naval architecture of the vessel, Van Oossanen Naval Architects also put their spin on the project to create a more stable and fuel efficient experience on board through the installation of its Hull Vane foil below the stern of the yacht. The device reduces resistance underway and improves seakeeping.

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Keeping true to her explorer nature, NedXplor 38 will be able to cover 5,023 nm at 11 knots without having to refuel and if needed, get up to 15 knots at maximum power.


Bernie Challis, the IYC Monaco listing agent for the project, adds that the NedXplorer 38 is perfect for those in search of a unique and versatile vessel. “It is an amazing yacht that will be a seriously interesting prospect to many owners looking for something a little different, perfectly suited to very extended cruising.”

Omega Architects and Van Oossanen join forces for NedXplor 38

Chris Jefferies wrote the following for Boat International:

Omega Architects and Van Oossanen Naval Architects have released details of their latest collaboration, the NedXplor 38 concept.

Offered for sale with IYC Monaco, whose broker Bernie Challis helped to develop the project, this 38 metre full displacement explorer yacht would be built to MCA LY3 standards at an undisclosed Dutch shipyard. Designer Frank Laupman explained that she balances form and function with “a bold, masculine exterior, complemented by a warmer, feminine elegant interior”.

Vital statistics include an 8.4 metre beam and a 2.7 metre draught at half load

The explorer aesthetic is reinforced by a near-vertical bow, which maximizes interior volume, and reverse-angled wheelhouse windows — ideal for passagemaking in all conditions.

Naval architect Perry van Oossanen added: “Yachts in this size bracket can sometimes be overlooked, but this size means that it can be a true explorer yacht, anchoring close to the coast, entering small harbours and exploring, and easy to handle and manoeuvre — all the attributes an adventurous yacht needs.”

Accommodation is for up to ten guests split across five cabins, including a full-beam owner’s suite situated on the main deck, as well as two doubles and two twin cabins on the lower deck.

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The ten-person dining area stretches the length of the saloon on the port side

The crew quarters, suitable for a staff of up to seven people, are situated in the bow, leaving the aft free for storing tenders and toys. This versatile space can be easily transformed into a superyacht beach club and gymnasium, the designers add. The spacious main deck aft is another key feature — large enough to be set up as either a helipad or storage space for additional tenders.

Power would come from a pair of 1,000hp Caterpillar C32 engines for a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising range of 5,032 nautical miles at 11 knots. Van Oossanen explains that this globetrotting ability is made possible by the fitment of a hull vane, which also reduces pitching and rolling motion.

“The most important thing about this design is that it performs, beyond looking good,” he concludes. “We believe that the yacht’s size paired with the hull vane is a very interesting proposal for owners looking for a truly adventurous yacht without the size and investment that a much larger explorer yacht requires.”

The 37m Heesen superyacht Li-Lien sold

Georgia Tindale wrote the following for SuperyachtTimes:

Northrop & Johnson has announced the sale of the 36.8-metre Heesen superyacht Li-Lien, with Wes Sanford representing the seller during the sale.

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Launched by Heesen in the Netherlands in 2005, Li-Lien has exterior and interior design from the drawing boards of the Dutch studio Omega Architects. The 36.8-metre superyacht also underwent an extensive refit in 2012.

On board, she accommodates up to 10 guests across five ensuite staterooms, comprising one master stateroom, two queens and two twins. A crew of five is also accommodated for on board.

As for her stand-out features, Li-Lien boasts excellent deck space, ideal for alfresco dining on the aft deck or sunbathing on her sun pads. She also features a large tender garage where the tender and toys are stowed for a toy-free deck and easy access.

Powered by twin 3648 hp Diesel engines, Li-Lien has an impressive top speed of 31 knots and a cruising speed of 27 knots. In addition, the 36.8-metre superyacht also has an ABS classification as well as an MCA certification.

At the time of sale, Li-Lien was listed at an asking price of €4,950,000.

The 31m Alia new-build superyacht Nozomi sold

Gemma Fottles wrote the following for SuperYachtTimes:

The 30.5-metre superyacht Nozomi which began construction at Turkish shipyard Alia in 2014 has been sold, Camper & Nicholsons has recently announced. She features exterior design by Dutch studio Omega Architects [...]. With delivery scheduled in spring this year, her new owner now has the opportunity to personalise the yacht whilst waiting just a few short months for completion.

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Sold in an in-house deal at Camper & Nicholsons, the brokerage firm states: “With Gaston Lees Buckley representing the shipyard and Arne Ploch the buyer, the yacht has been listed with Camper & Nicholsons for just three months and provided an excellent opportunity for the buyer to jump in and own a brand new yacht without the wait of an entire new build. Her new owner has the opportunity to get involved in the finer interior details and design, making the yacht his own when she is delivered in 2018. Camper & Nicholsons would like to thank all those involved in the sale.”

YN 18250 was launched and now christened ' White'

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Heesen Yachts shared the news that "on February 8, 2018, YN 18250 – formerly known as Project Ayla – was launched at the shipyard in Oss. Her owners christened their new yacht White.

At 50 metres, with a Gross Tonnage below the 500GT threshold, White is a gorgeous addition to the successful 5000 Aluminium class whose exterior lines are by Frank Laupman at Omega Architects. 18250 originally began on speculation, but was bought one year into construction. [...]

A sense of space and relaxation is the key-theme throughout the yacht, both inside in private and social areas, and outside [...].

White will be intensively tested in the North Sea and will be delivered to her owners in April 2018.


Heesen announces delivery of 98th superyacht

Georgia Boscawen wrote the following for

Heesen announces the delivery of 98th superyacht
We take a look at the yard's newest delivery 50m 'VanTom', and its five-year performance…

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Dutch superyacht builder Heesen Yachts has announced the delivery of 50m motoryacht VanTom, bringing the shipyard’s fleet ever closer to its 100th delivery. The new superyacht is the sixth yacht in Heesen’s popular 50m semi-displacement range designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. Now, with 10 yachts under construction, what do the next few years have in store for Heesen?

According to The Superyacht Intelligence Annual Report 2018: New Build, Heesen has delivered a total of 18 yachts in the last five years, with a cumulative LOA of 913.4m. As a result, based on the criteria specified in the report, Heesen is considered to be the eighth most active superyacht builder in the market. For at least the last five years, Heesen has demonstrated its strong position through its consistency of having delivered three or more superyachts per annum. This looks as if it is set to continue with deliveries scheduled up until 2020.

In 2018, Heesen will reach a very important milestone with the delivery of its 100th superyacht. Now with 98 vessels on the water, Heesen certainly has one of the larger order books in the market since it began building superyachts in 1883.

In issue 183 of The Superyacht Report, the activity of Omega Architects was analysed, showing the flourishing design relationship with Heesen Yachts since 2001. The Dutch design studio is now responsible for the design of more than 45 per cent of the delivered Heesen fleet. The analysis also shows that Omega tops the rankings in the 45-65m motoryacht sector (2012-2017 deliveries) with an 18.4 per cent share of all projects delivered.

The delivery of VanTom took place in international waters on February 14th, following an extensive period of sea trials. Captain David Burge comments, “During sea trials the yacht handled extremely well and gave a very smooth ride, even while proceeding at speeds of over 23 knots.” These trials took place in the North Sea in January of this year, with waves up to one metre.

“It was a real pleasure to work with Heesen throughout this new build for the past two years,” says Arne Ploch of Camper & Nicholsons, who represented the client’s commercial interests during construction. “It has been a smooth relationship based on mutual trust and respect, the way it should be when building a new yacht. It has been a great experience for the owner and his team.”

Heesen has clearly started the year off positively, having just announced the sale of 60m fully custom motoryacht Project Falcon, which is scheduled for delivery in 2021. The shipyard also has a further four superyachts scheduled for delivery in 2018, with a cumulative LOA of 206m.

VanTom 50m delivered to her owners with love!


Superyacht VanTom was delivered with love to her owners on Valentines Day!
This 50m semi-displacement carries an exterior design from Omega Architects by Frank Laupman, with the signature look of sporty elegance, adding to the shipyard's heritage of speed and comfort.

VanTom is the latest member of a very successful series, built by Heesen Yachts.
We wish the owners and captain happy sailing all over the world.

Photo: courtesy of Heesen Yachts.

Heesen and Omega team up on 60m new build superyacht

Heesen and Omega team up on 60m new build superyacht

On 12 February 2018 Georgia Tindale wrote the following for SuperYachtTimes:

Heesen has announced the sale of its first contract for 2018, a full custom 60-metre new build superyacht project featuring exterior design by Omega Architects.

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Heesen 19360 Falcon rendering

The 60-metre Fast Displacement steel-hulled motor yacht, named Project Falcon, is scheduled for delivery in 2021 and will be the largest steel yacht built by Heesen to date.

Her clean and chiselled exterior lines evident from the renderings are by Omega Architects who have also introduced an innovative design feature to embellish the profile: the bird’s wing. This 'bird's wing' is a multi-faceted shape which integrates the three decks (main, bridge and sundeck) without interfering with the uninterrupted horizontal lines of the glazed windows.

As evident from the rendering, Project Falcon pairs a distinctive profile with Heesen's typically sporty elegance.

The 60-metre superyacht will have a gross tonnage of 1,060GT, with floor-to-ceiling windows and aft doors coupled with lowered bulwarks to ensure panoramic views and plenty of natural light flooding the interior.

On board, Project Falcon will accommodate 16 guests across four twin suites on the lower deck, a VIP connected with a twin stateroom and media room on the main deck forward, a VIP amidships on the bridge deck, and a master stateroom on the bridge deck aft equipped with 180-degree panoramic views and a private aft terrace with a whirlpool. A crew of 14 will also be accommodated on board.

Powered by twin MTU 12V4000 M65L diesel engines, Project Falcon will reach a top speed of 17.5 knots, with a range of 4,200 nautical miles at 13 knots.

Heesen sells 60m steel yacht Project Falcon

Chris Jefferies wrote the following for Boat International on February 12th:
Heesen sells 60m steel yacht Project Falcon

Dutch yard Heesen has released the first details of its recently sold 60 metre Project Falcon, which will be its largest steel yacht to date when delivered in 2021. Hull number YN19360 for the Oss-based yard, Project Falcon features exterior styling by Omega Architects, which Heesen describes as “clean and chiselled”.

This 60 metre concept has an estimated top speed of 17.5 knots
For this new design, Omega Architects has struck a fine balance between contemporary exterior styling and a flexible 1,060GT interior that offer great views out to sea through full-height windows and over lowered bulwarks. Heesen explains that the amidships superstructure has been styled to resemble a bird's wing, visually integrating the upper three decks.

Accommodation is for up to 16 guests split between seven cabins, including an upper deck master suite with its own private aft deck, an upper deck VIP situated amidships, and a lower deck VIP with private access to a main-deck twin cabin. Four further lower deck cabins complete the guest layout, while the crew quarters allows for a staff of up to 14 people.

Power will come from a pair of MTU 12V4000 M65L engines for a top speed of 17.5 knots and a transatlantic range of 4,200 nautical miles when trimmed back to 13 knots, thanks to Project Falcon's ultra-efficient fast displacement hull form.

Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Dutch yard include the 56 metre Project Neptune, which is due for delivery next year.

44m interior G3 photoshoot

The 44m superyacht G3 had a refit in 2017, of which the beautiful result was caught in an extensive photoshoot by Heesen Yachts.
Both exterior and interior were originally designed by Omega Architects as well. The refitted interior has been captured beautifully and we gladly share a selection of the best examples here

Special attention was given to designing gentle curved shapes which are easy on the eye, emphasized by soft materials reflecting the gentle colorscheme of several shades of white for fabrics and marble, gentle greys and subtle wood, with some colourful accents in warm orange and red. Everything aiming to create a weloming and comfortabele warm ambiance, inviring to relax and unwind.

Fhotos: courtesy of G3's owner.

50m 'Home' wins Neptune award 'Best Ecological Design and Operation Innovation.'

We are trhilled to share the news 'Home' has been granted the Neptune trophy for 'Best Ecological Design and Operation Innovation.' This is one of the Boat international Design & Innovation Awards. The ceremony took place on Monday 28th of January in Kitzbühel.
The judges gave the following comments along with the award:

'Just three teams were brave enough to submit projects for scrutiny in this new category seeking significant investment in design, equipment and operational procedures to reduce environmental impact.
Diesel-electric hybrids are today’s most widespread environmentally friendly propulsion solution, but even this is evolving with differences in application from yacht to yacht.
For a project that began on speculation by the builder, the Heesen brief was for low- and mid-speed efficiency with top priority on quiet and comfort.
Sharing both its decision matrix and performance results, the yacht now known as Home combines aluminium construction and a Fast Displacement Hull Form with relatively small 840hp main engines.
Two-speed diesel generators powering electric shaft motors deliver low speed cruising at 9 knots, burning just 45 litres per hour in electric mode while producing only 46dB of noise in the owner’s stateroom.
The mains coupled to shaft generators can push her to 16.3 knots while still powering the house load without requiring a separate generator.
While this yacht does not offer “silent mode” operation on batteries, the power train is future-proofed for this quieter option.'

From Omega Architects, our design focused on the yacht's close relationship to the environment. With a vast 118 m2 of glass, full height offering possible for panorama views, guests can feel closely conneted to the maritime surroundings. Her near vertical bow, with elegant and functional double spray rails, points out her strong character. Besides beautiful, it’s also functional: increasing stability by reducing vertical movement for comfortable cruising, directional stability and a long waterline for optimal hull speed.

'Home' also won the award for Best Naval Architecture - Displacemenet Motoryachts. Naval Architecture was designed by Van Oossanen. this superyacht was built by Heesen Yachts.

Photo courtesy: Heesen Yachts

CRN announce sale of 62m Omega architects Design

Rose-Hannah Lishman wrote the following for

With an Italian history steeped in success, Ferretti Group’s superyacht specialists, CRN, have recently announced that they will begin work on a new masterpiece; a 62-metre design by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. Another addition to CRN’s growing portfolio of triumphs, the new build will mark hull number 138 for the shipyard (...).

Starting life in the Ancona yard, hull 138 is born to a winning combination of creative minds. Not only do CRN hail as Feretti Group’s large yacht experts, but the shipyard dates back to 1963 with a heritage that remains 100% Italian.

With the new project developed by CRN’s engineering department, (...) proof that the shipyard are swiftly expanding their fleet.

However, the 62m is not all Italian. Designed in close cooperation with the design firm, Omega Architects (by Frank Laupman), the exterior concept - characterised by sporty and sleek exterior lines - demonstrates a Dutch style that’s become definitive of Omega.(...)

Announcing the sale earlier this week, we now look forward to welcoming a number of CRN superyachts onto the water and will be following the 62m's journey as it comes to light. We wish both the shipyard and owner a smooth journey from shed to sea!


CRN teams up with Omega Architects for 62m Project 138

On January 24th, Chris Jefferies wrote the following for Boat International:

CRN teams up with Omega Architects for 62m Project 138

Italian yard CRN has announced that it will collaborate with Dutch design studio Omega Architects once again on a forthcoming 62 metre custom superyacht, which was recently sold to an undisclosed client.

The pair last worked together on the 73 metre Yalla, which was launched in 2014 sporting a traditional bow shape. The first preview image below shows that CRN Hull 138, as the new project is currently known, will feature a vertical bow to maximise the interior space available for its length.

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CRN Hull 138 is exted to hit the water in 2019

Omega’s signature styling can be seen throughout the design, with sleek and sporty exterior lines. Meanwhile, Italian architecture and design firm Pulina DNA has been commissioned to create the interior décor, although no further images have been released at this stage.

In a statement, the Ancona-based yard added that this new custom yacht “skilfully combines the infinitely large — huge size and impressive perfomances — and the infinitely small, in the form of precious, functional details.”

The layout, engine installation and star features of CRN Hull 138 are all being kept under wraps for now, but more details are expected to be revealed in the build up to the estimated 2019 launch.

Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Italian yard include the 50 metre Project Superconero, which is due to launch next month, the 79 metre CRN Hull 135 and the 62 metre CRN Hull 137.

Source: Boat International magazine.

CRN sells 62m Omega design

On January 19th, Georgia Tindale wrote the following for SuperYachtTimes:

CRN sells 62m Omega designed superyacht

The Italian shipyard CRN has announced the sale of a new 62-metre fully-custom project designed by the Dutch design studio Omega Architects.

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Stefano de Vivo and Alberto Galassi of CRN

[...] Omega Architects will be responsible for the exterior concept [...]. Characterised by sporty and sleek exterior lines, CRN’s new fully-custom yacht aims to combine a large size and impressive performance with precise attention to detail in her design. CRN has previously collaborated with Omega Architects in 2014 on the creation of the 73-metre superyacht Yalla. [...]

Source: SuperYachTimes
Photo courtesy of SYT

Dutch to build fleet of eleven full electric canal barges

Joris van Roy wrote the following for Electrek:

Dutch to build fleet of eleven full electric canal barges

By August 2018 the first full electric commercial canal barge in the world is to be launched in the Netherlands to connect Budel with the Antwerp harbour. It will be the first of a fleet of five small (52 m long) and six large (110 m) barges that can sail from 15 to 35 hours on pure electricity from battery containers on deck.

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The canal barges are designed by Dutch naval architects Omega Architects (from Druten), known around the world for their super luxury yachts. The electric development is done by naval electric specialists from Werkina (from Werkendam). The small barges measure 52 by 6,7 metres and can load 24 twenty-foot containers and a bulk load of 425 ton.

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The huge lithium-ion battery is built into a 20-foot container giving the barge a range of 15 hours of sailing. This battery container can be switched by another one at the terminal or recharged. Fully loading the battery takes four hours.

35 hours of sailing
The six larger ships measure 110 by 11,4 metres and can take 240 containers, stacked up five high. They have four 20-foot battery containers on deck, which give them a range of 35 hours of sailing. They will be used merely between the ports of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Antwerp and Duisburg.

For the building of these ships Europe is subsidizing the project with 7 million euro. “By the end of the second quarter of 2019 all eleven ships will be put into service”, says Ton van Meegen, CEO of Port-Liner, the company that will rent the barges.

“All of them are already fully rented to shipping companies and large container companies. Otherwise we wouldn’t start to build them. We are not a charity organization”, Van Meegen says. Port-Liner’s intentions are to add four more large barges after 2019.

3,5 million per barge
The six large barges represent a total investment of 55 million, charging infrastructure and 48 battery containers included. The ship itself costs 3,5 million euro for the large ones, 1,5 million for the smaller ones.

According to Port-Liner sailing an electric barge is not more expensive than diesel ships. These electric barges are only ‘a drop into the diesel ocean’ for now. “Europe counts 7.300 inland navigation vessels”, the CEO says. “Of this number 5.200 are owned by Belgian and Dutch skippers.”

To give inland navigation a boast, Port-Liner will offer retrofitting of electric propulsion to replace diesel engines. The e-power boxes in the containers can be leased by the skipper. “We offer complete packages to do this”, Van Meegen says.


Omega Architects leading in exterior design 2012-2017

In 2012 up to and including 2017, Omega Architects delivered most built exterior designs in the 45-60m class, with 15 design which is 18,4 % Omega Architects has the number one position in the top seven for exterior. For interior Omega Architects is also top seven.
This we learned from several articles and intelligence in The Superyacht Report. Here we share some relevant information and citations from the magazine:

Source: Georgia Boscawen, Case study The Superyacht Design Report issue 183, December 2017.

‘The Superyacht Design Report’, by Rachel Rowney, p. 36.:
‘Omega Architects are the outstanding studio in the 45-60m motoryacht category, […] appearing in the top seven for both exterior and interior design – an impressive statistic but one justified by the fact that the majority of projects in this size range appoint just one studio to deliver every element of the yacht’s design. Notable projects from Omega Architects include ‘Home’(2017) and ‘Sibelle’ (2015), both collaborating with Heesen Yachts.’
And on p. 39.: ‘For yachts delivered in the past five years in the 45-60m segment, the distribution of projects is slightly different, with Omega Architects having designed the most projects (15) […].

From the ‘Case Study’ by Georgia Boscawen (p. 45):
’ Since 2012, (…) Omega Architects (..) proved to be (..) the most prolific design studio in the world in the field. (...) Omega began a flourishing relationship with Heesen yachts in 2001, and the Dutch studio is now responsible for the design of more than 45 per cent of the delivered Heesen fleet, which, at the time of writing, stands at 97 super yachts. Whilst Omega pre-dominantly worked on exterior projects, more than 30 per cent of its projects are actually interiors, including Galactica, built in 2007, and 50m Sibelle, delivered in 2015.
Consistency is certainly difficult to achieve in the superyacht market and it comes through robust relationships, a well-known and trusted brand and a rich portfolio of fantastic design. Just from looking at the figures, where Omega tops the rankings of the number of exterior projects in the 45-60m motoryacht sector (2012-2017 deliveries), with an 18,4 per cent share of all projects, clearly the much-desired pursuit of consistency has been expertly maintained since the studio’s inception in 1995.’


‘On the contrary, Omega has remained relatively consistent in the size of yachts designed in the past five years, retaining its focus on the 45-60m category. […] working with a number of shipyards on an irregular basis, […] dedicated a large number of their projects to a small number of shipyards. A feature of their work that has defined their profile, performance. Nevertheless, […] continue to work with a number of other shipyards on a less frequent basis.’

Illustration: courtesy of The Superyacht Report

Synergy Is The Key For Omega Architects

The Grid magazine wrote the following:

Creativity In Motion

Ever wondered why motoryachts by Heesen look so distinctive and consistent, let alone mesmerising to the eyes? That's because a particular firm has been at the helm of its design for some time now, a group of designers led by a certain gentleman who values synergy and innovation.


The firm in question? Omega Architects, a household name among the yachting fraternity, famed for its design prowess and conceptualising skills for numerous clients, particularly with Heesen Yachts of the Netherlands. Like most strong brands, it all began with one man. In this case, it was founded by Frank Laupman back in 1995. Ever since then, he has worked on architecture, yachts and interiors. He was able to 'cross the borders' of his own background and finished designs in areas of different nature.


Over the years, he worked relentlessly to establish good and solid contacts with various principals, project developers and shipyards. To be able to meet the requirements for bigger projects, he kept searching for designers with different backgrounds and education in order to finalise them. During these years, he formed a core of versatile designers who all shared the same philosophy as he does.


Besides this core of designers, there are also specific professionals onboard Omega Architects now, who provide a technical skillset of expertise for the firm's design work. Through the years, the core has grown and its creative members have found a synergy through listening to each other, creating a very fluid work process akin to its very designs and this has done much in attracting principals and even individual yacht owners from across the world.

Omega Architects' appeal to its growing clientele is based on its core mission: an aim to add value in different areas of design. The Dutch firm has managed to develop similar processes for the different areas of yacht design, interior design and architectural design. Their work does not reveal a specific style, but it fine-tunes the style to the varying nature of their specific commissions. In all of its commissioned works, Omega Architects follows a similar design process focused on the client's needs and requirements too. For this reason, their architects and designers exchange thoughts and specific expertise, experiencing and creating synergy and 'building' their identity.


This lively nature of Omega's team has brought a strong combination of concept design, modern visualisation techniques and thorough technical expertise. This ecosystem of designers and thinkers brings people together with different backgrounds and nationalities. The team operates in an international environment, where good communication and strong protocols has become the crucial backbone. The different angles which require different commissions, forces (in a good way) the team to be versatile and flexible. According to the yachting firm, it inspires strong principals for clients to engage further with Omega Architects.

Another crucial element to Omega Architects' growth and prominence has been in how the establishment combines creativity with working knowledge of trends in today's society, helping the brand understand further the wants and needs of clients. With this combination of ingredients, they then set out to design not only the exterior of buildings and yachts, but also their interiors. Omega Architects believe that a strong unity of exterior and interior creates the distinction between merely functional design and high quality design that is both functional and aesthetic.


Some proof of the brand's capabilities can be seen in the successful deliveries of a string of iconic Heesens over the last few years: Amore Mio (45-metre), Lady L (44-metres), Aurelia (37-metre), Home (50-metre), Galactica Star (65-metre) and the recent Laurentia (55-metre). If anything, all these yachts mentioned share a focus on aesthetic designs, with equal measure of importance placed in its interior expression. This is down to how Omega Architects believes the simple yet fundamental rule: 'the beauty of lines and shapes'.


You can look-up Omega Architects online to further peruse visually, how consistent their work has been since its inception. There is a deep and tasteful language of design behind their finished products, products that have many a client happy and fulfilled. Here's one quote from famous yacht owner, Hugo Verlinden, who puts it nicely on Laupman and his team: "We have worked together with Frank Laupman for over 10 years now. He is extremely creative in his designs and works exactly according to his clients wishes. Frank is able to create a perfect profile in just a short meeting. He is a source of lines and shapes. On top of that he's a very nice person." By all means, head to to learn all you need to know about Omega Architects.

Source: The Grid Magazine
Photos: Courtesy of Heesen Yachts
Sketched profile and floorplan: Omega Architects

Chosen as Best Hybrid by Yachts International

Yacht technology took a few substantial leaps forward in 2017, in everything from eco-friendly propulsion to satellite communications to the use of structural glass in design. And in a handful of impressive examples, form evolved to match new functions, giving yachtsmen exciting features, styling and onboard experiences to enjoy.
Each of us at Yachts International has individual tastes and sensibilities, but we all agree that the following choice represents the best of what the industry offered this past year.

Best Hybrid
Heesen M/Y Home

Photo by Dick Holthuis

WINNER | Heesen Home
The 163-foot (50-meter) Home is Heesen’s first foray into hybrid power. With exterior design by Omega Architects, the yacht has a lightweight aluminum hull for performance and efficiency. She can be operated in four modes: hybrid, cruising, economical and boost. Home draws on two sources of power for propulsion: diesel mechanical and diesel electrical, creating what Heesen calls a flexible, quiet and vibration-free system. When we were greeted on board, the first words we heard were, “Welcome home.” Naturally.

The full article is here.

Project Boreas (YN 18650) is sold by Heesen Yachts!

A commercial success – Heesen’s new, impressive 50m superyacht

Maria Korotaeva wrote the following for Charterworld:

Heesen are proud to announce the sale of its fifth superyacht in 2017. This brings the total linear length of vessels sold this year to 257 metres.

Project Boreas

This stylish motor yacht made from aluminium, was built on the design and engineering platform of Nova Plus. The Project Boreas provides efficient and fast performance due to its fast displacement hull form. With a draft of 2.15m the Project Boreas has a beautiful contemporary exterior designed by the renowned Omega Architects.

The sailing yacht owner client was attracted by the efficiency, seakeeping and versatility of the fast displacement hull form. He approached the shipyard personally and worked with the engineers to customise his new superyacht which was one year into construction.

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Due to his sailing experience, the client was able to add his own personal touch into each area of the new vessel.

Project Boreas is a wonderful example of how a client is able to customise the pre-engineered design platform of a hull that is already being built. This actually helps to shorten the delivery time too. After extensive sea trials in the North Sea the impressive yacht is expected to be delivered in July 2019.

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Highlights of the Project Boreas include:

Cutting-edge exterior design by Omega Architects [..]

A top speed of almost 20 knots

A full aluminium 50m FDHF motor yacht

3,750 nm range at 12 knots and fuel consumption of about 98 litres per hour

Delivery July 2019

The full article can be found here.

50m 'Home' is finalist for Boat International Design & Innovation Awards 2017

We are thrilled to share the news that Boat International has chosen our 50m exterior design for 'Home' as finalist for the Design & Innovation Awards in
the category of:

1) Exterior styling of motoryachts above 45m
2) Best Ecological Design and Operation Award.

Here we take our chance to congratulate her owner, captain and Heesen Yachts.

Project Alba is now christened VanTom

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Project Alba – 5000 aluminium class, 50-metre semi-displacement – is now christened VanTom!

Heesen is proud to announce the christening of YN 18050 (formerly Project Alba) during a private ceremony at the shipyard in Oss, in the presence of the owners and the Heesen workforce.

VanTom started on speculation as Project Alba and the owners bought her six months in to the construction. Arne Ploch from Camper and Nicholsons International introduced the client. The owner and his wife worked closely with Francesco Paszkowski, Margherita Casprini, and the shipyard’s engineers to create an interior design that reflects their taste and the lifestyle of their family: a contemporary and unique aesthetic of understated elegance where they can enjoy peace and relaxation and feel like home. Heesen Interiors fine-wood-carpenters have crafted the custom furniture to the highest construction standards.

The interior layout is traditional with the master suite on the main deck forward and five guest suites on the lower deck, for a total of 12 passengers in 6 cabins.

In the next weeks, VanTom will be tested in the winter-rough waters of the North Sea. Like her sister ships she is expected to reach a maximum speed of 23 knots and have a range of 3,100 nautical miles at 12 knots. VanTom is due for delivery in January 2018 and will be for private use only.

Text and image: courtesy HeesenYachts

Third project NOVA under construction

Project NOVA is such a successful and appealing 50m exterior design that Heesen Yachts has started with building the third, after selling the second last week.
Both are sisterships of 'Home'.