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Fran Silvestre Arquitectos redesigns 20-meter long Turkish schooner with a smooth surface
Spain Architecture News - Sep 28, 2020 - 14:19 2348 views
Spanish architecture firm Fran Silvestre Arquitectos has redesigned a 20-meter long Turkish schooner with all-white color and smooth surfaces.
Named Topaz of Brayet, the project consists of completely redesigning a sailboat. The boat was riginally owned by a renowned British music promoter and was used for fishing and as a cargo ship, but later they were also used in regattas.
The first one carried out in 1851 was won by the schooner America that today gives its name to the famous competition.
"The exercise of working in a discipline very close to architecture, but with many peculiarities, is an extremely stimulating task," said Fran Silvestre Arquitectos.
"Together with a team of naval engineers, we explored the limits of a design in which small-scale ergonomics was of the utmost importance."
"The great advantage of this multidisciplinary team consists of a prejudice-free view of the naval world that allows us to ask questions in most of the occasions obvious, reaching solutions that have quickly become part of our architectural practice," added the firm.
Many people who have visited the ship are surprised by the versatility of the spaces, with the compact solution of the bathrooms, or the kitchen.
Fran Silvestre Arquitectos considered stripping the boat of the innumerable ornaments that covered it and changing the interior configuration to provide it with three cabins with built-in bathrooms and a fourth cabin for the two crew members also with its own bathroom, this program would be unthinkable if we were talking about a house of the same area.
The openings of the main space were modified, making the habitable volume completely open to the outside, but using a solution that mimics these tears in the same white color of the hull of the boat.
Originally the central deck was full of hatches that prevented having a smooth surface on which to enjoy sailing, the new design incorporates a cross ventilation in the circulation area that improves indoor air quality and at the same time frees up the roof space.
The kitchen is completely blended in the main space of the schooner. A rear platform has also been incorporated, which gives the boat greater versatility.
The attitude with which the studio approaches the project does not differ from that used when operating inside a historic building, the architects respect the existing elements that confer added and proven value to the ship.
In short, the studio has applied the values that have fascinated the architects in the world of design for years to this floating architecture that today sails the Mediterranean.
Architects: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
Fran Silvestre | Principal in Charge
Ricardo Candela| Principal in Charge
Interior design: Alfaro Hofmann
Location: Marina de Valencia
Built area: 131.39 m2
María Masià | Collaborating Architect
Pablo Camarasa | Collaborating Architect
Sandra Insa | Collaborating Architect
Sevak Asatrián | Collaborating Architect
Estefanía Soriano | Collaborating Architect
Vicente Picó | Collaborating Architect
Rubén March | Collaborating Architect
Jose Manuel Arnao | Collaborating Architect
Rosa Juanes | Collaborating Architect
Gemma Aparicio | Collaborating Architect
Paz Garcia-España | Collaborating Architect
Andrea Baldo | Collaborating Architect
Blanca Larraz | Collaborating Architect
Jorge Puig | Collaborating Engineer
Carlos Lucas | Arquitecto colaborador
Miguel Massa | Collaborating Architect
Paloma Feng | Collaborating Architect
Alicia Simón | Industrial designer
Pablo Larroulet | Collaborating Architect, MArch Arquitectura y Diseño
Gino Brollo | Collaborating Architect, MArch Arquitectura y Diseño.
Angelo Brollo | Collaborating Architect, MArch Arquitectura y Diseño.
Bruno Mespulet | Collaborating Architect
Javi Herrero | Collaborating Architect
Ana de Pablo | Financial Manager
Sara Atienza | Marketing y Comunicación
Carpentry: Carpintería Náutica Terraso
All images and video © Jesús Orrico
All drawings © Fran Silvestre Arquitectos