Italian builder names new design partner, expands management team

Fri May 19 2017, 16:15 PM

Arcadia Yachts is now working with Milan-based design studio Hot Lab

Arcadia Yachts in Italy announced a new partnership with Hot Lab, a Milan-based design firm, during a presentation at the Montenapoleone Yacht Club 2017 this week.

Naples-based Arcadia Yachts says it is looking to the future with plans to enlarge and renew its present range of yachts and reinforce the firm’s management.

“After thinking very hard about our choices and working together on several pilot projects, we  decided that the best partner to evolve into Arcadia 2.0 would be the design studio Hot Lab,” says Ugo Pellegrino, Arcadia’s sole administrator.

“I am sure that our collaboration will be an immediate success, both with our first projects and with the relations that we are developing with old and new Arcadia clients.”

The first project by Hot Lab will be the A100+, which will be an evolution of the 30m yacht presented at last year’s Cannes Yachting Festival.

“In general we will respect the masculine lines, clean and multifaceted, that represent the familiar image of the yard,” says Hot Lab partner Antonio Romano. “We will reinterpret them to further develop the on-board living spaces, both inside and out, that represent the quintessence of each Arcadia yacht.”

In a statement, Arcadia says that full-height windows, spacious external areas, the latest generation of solar panels and a generalised eco-green approach will be maintained, while increasing living area for guests. This means a larger upper deck and optimisation of the foredeck area, while improving access and movement with a more efficient positioning of the stairwells.

High priority has been given to onboard leisure, says Arcadia. The aft deck can comfortably seat up to 10 guests for formal dining, with space for a further 12 guests in the lounge area, transformable into an ulterior dining area. The owner can therefore seat more than 20 guests for dining.

Hot Lab has proposed five different interior layout options for owners, which also simplifies design choices (thus reducing development times) by proposing a contemporary minimalist décor that matches exterior styling, and continuously playing with the inside-outside exchange.

More details will be unveiled at the 2017 Cannes Yachting Festival in September, says Arcadia. Meanwhile, Francesco Ansalone recently joined the company as head of marketing & communication, while Mario De Camillis has taken the role of after sales & service manager.

Arcadia Yachts builds semi-displacement, semi-custom yachts from 58ft-115ft in fibreglass at a 36,000sq ft facility in Torre Annunziata, near Pompeii. Plans are currently underway to introduce two larger steel models of 145ft up to 180ft.