It seems that some large super-yachts are a bit like busses, you wait for one for years and then two arrive almost at the same time. First was “Luminosity.” She has been followed by another big beast.
On this occasion it is Feadship project 817 otherwise known as Motor Yacht “VIVA.” She is without doubt the one project I worked on whilst at Azure Naval Architects that I identify as being my “baby.” I would naturally want to clarify, all projects, particularly large vessels of 94M are collaborative and I would not want to make claims that could be controversial, but much of her original design remains and I am very proud of my design involvement with her. I am especially happy to see her built. I would like to congratulate Azure and my former colleagues in seeing her into fruition, I cannot wait to see her finalised and hopefully one day, sailing.
The elements that have changed, after I left Azure, are the closed off stern (I recall concerns at the time of some yachts being accessed without authorisation via open transoms, so this made sense), and the bite into the main deck ceiling in the aft, which I must presume was done to provide more light to the large aft deck pool. The skylights that are present in the fore on main and owner’s deck are also somewhat smaller than originally conceived. However the ceiling to floor glazing has been retained, which is great to see. The distinctive pyramidal sky-deck structures are also there. The pictures are obviously missing the radar masts, which will be added later, which will balance her out.
About ten years ago, I was working for Dutch Naval Architecture firm Azure Naval Architects in Haarlem. I was designing some very large motor yachts. One of which was this beast, Motor Yacht Luminosity. A complicated project from the technical requirements, she began at 88 metres. I did a number of proposals and it was one of my designs that got the commission, although I then left the company and the final design changed in some details (my former colleagues did a number of improvements, I think), and more obviously overall length, growing to 107 metres, which has made her more graceful, I suspect Benetti made these modifications. One of the tricky requirements she had was to have a main deck clear floor to ceiling height of 3 metres. She was also innovative in the extensive use of glazing more akin to that of buildings. She is however, the largest yacht that I have had a hand in designing, although it was, as ever, a team effort. At the bottom is a link to the broker that is currently selling her, it shows a nice video. I was not involved in the Interior, although I did have numerous conversations with Zaniz at those early stages.
After a little pause in designing larger motor yachts, I decided to try something a little different. In this case designing a fast displacement motor yacht. The hull is a design arrived at in consultation with Naval Architect Adam Younger. The yacht is named Kingfisher in tribute to the bill of the bird which inspired the form of the bulbous bow. The aim of this design was to make a fast displacement yacht that looked relatively contemporary but also retained enough traditional elements to retain an air of familiarity. The yacht offers generous space particularly in entertainment areas, but is also swift and efficient.
I have worked for a Motorhome company in the past and have made a number of other designs for another motorhome company. Although I love designing yachts, I occasionally go back to designing recreational vehicles. I have long felt there was a gap in the market for an offload motorhome. So, I decided to make a design for a really insane off-road motorhome. Based on a military Volvo Chassis, it really is intended to be the ultimate go-anywhere travel machine. Meet the Aconcagua, named after the highest peak in the Americas. It is somewhat large…
This one is just for fun.
Capable of going pretty much anywhere!
Based on a Volvo Military truck chassis, lengthened a little…
It is a large beast!
Solar panels on top
With a central driving position, so you are always on the correct side of the road! Should you decide to use roads, that is!
This is my attempt at covering a design of a 1980’s Italian, now mostly forgotten car. The Lancia Montecarlo. My version is a freshened version, but retaining enough, I hope, of the old design theme. I have been looking into the possibility of it being made using new materials, such as linseed fibre and bio epoxy composite, as well as incorporating either a hybrid or most likely an electric drivetrain.
I started my company late in 2012. One of the first people that I pitched for work for was a car enthusiast. His particular interest was in Citroen cars, with a love of the classic Citroen DS from the 1950’s. He asked me to design a concept for a modern day version of this futuristic and elegant car. Although the project never progressed past the first visual (top), I decided recently to develop the design into a 3d model, which you see here.
After having developed a number of more unusual looking tilting vehicles, I thought it might be interesting to explore designing a more conventional car. It still would have the same tilting into corners suspension system. Arguably, Alfa Romeo is not the most likely brand to have this type of suspension, but it was a bit of fun.
Motor Yacht Carib (named after the fierce indigenous tribe that gave the Caribbean it’s name) is a concept 95M motor yacht.
MY Carib has two swimming pools, as is often the case on yachts of her size. One is situated on the main deck in the aft, the other is situated on the sundeck, in the forward part. The sundeck pool is raised from the deck and features walls that are in the form of a large lattice. This allows the pool to have glass panels which in turn allow for light to come into the pool and for light to produce interesting patterns on the deck. A similar idea has been incorporated on the main deck pool, where the lower part of the pool also has partly glazed walls. In this case the light coming from above the main deck can filter down into the beach club. It is also a way of linking the swimmers in the pool to the folk that may be lounging the the beach club on the deck below, in a way that is both fun and friendly.
Continuing the theme of linking the decks visually, the open plan main salon/dining room is a split level space which is open above the formal dining space and which links to the library and study in the deck above. The interior like the exterior will be contemporary without being excessively minimalist. The interior design will be relaxed, smart and elegant.
I named her Carib—a gentle nod to my Colombian roots, as theCaribs were a fierce tribe that lived in the islands of the Caribbean and on the mainland of the Americas.
Carib has two swimming pools, one aft on the main deck and the other forward on the sundeck. The latter is raised from the deck and surrounded by a lattice wall. It allows light to penetrate the glass pool while creating interesting shadows on deck. A similar idea has been incorporated on the lower section of the main deck pool, which allows light to filter down into the beach club. It helps to connect swimmers in the pool with guests lounging on the deck below.
This small vehicle has a special feature. It leans into corners, like a motorcycle! Intended as a fun machine for use in town or in the countryside. It could be a petrol-electric hybrid (using a rotary engine mid/rear mounted) and assisted by an electric motor driving the rear wheels. It can carry two people, in tandem (one in front, the other behind). Although this idea seems a little crazy, I have built two trikes that operate on the same leaning suspension principle, so I know it works…
Wroxham Marine have taken on the services of Andrew Trujillo Design to help them design their new range of Category B rive/estuary cruisers for their Sheerline brand. This collaboration has already borne fruit with the 1090 HT (Hard top) with the first model made and exhibited at this year’s London Boat show. Interest has been keen on this model, but a number of clients have expressed a desire for a soft top version. The images below are the concept visuals for the new soft top. The images that also follow beyond are for the 1090 Hard top.
Beneath are a series of images of the 1090 Hard Top.
Andrew Trujillo beside 1090 (Photo credit Hassan Kausar)
Early hand drawn sketch of the Profile. She was at this stage called 1020.