Luxury transport design is rarely about the vessel; it’s about where the experience takes you. Here’s a look at Rossinavi and Team for Design’s boldest project to date, the 70m Ice Class M/Y Polaris.
It is not every day that a yacht transforms our perception of the travel—much less the luxury of personal freedom; nor is it every day that a shipyard successfully conveys the subtle nuances of heritage, complex design, and modern style in a said yacht; Rossinavi and Team for Design have done no less with their much-celebrated twist on superyacht life with their newest creation, M/Y Polaris.
Formerly known as Project King Shark, Polaris is a 70 meter (230 ft.), 1,542GT, Ice Class certified motor yacht with a full displacement steel hull, aluminum superstructure, and diesel-electric propulsion. With a cruising speed of 15 knots, a maximum speed of 21 knots, and a traveling range of 3,800 nautical miles, Polaris is ideal for festive family charter in the warm, sunlit, turquoise waters of the Caribbean or more adventurous subzero polar conditions.
Rossinavi’s 70m M/Y Polaris. Image: Rossinavi.
Enrico Gobbi, head of the Venice-based architecture and design practice, Team for Design, explains. “The neat and elegant shapes of the yacht are underlined by long, continuous black window surfaces with curved details that soften up and characterize the overall cleanness of the superstructure.”
“Our aim here, he continues, “was to open up the interiors toward the exterior, ensuring an ongoing view of the sea through the decks. This was achieved not by creating huge invasive openings but by instead designing refined, long, and slender windows with which we were able to achieve the same goal.”
M/Y Polaris Main Deck Salon. Image: Rossinavi.
Accommodating up to 10 guests with 5 cabins and a crew of 9, Polaris takes comfort, signature Italian style, and sophistication to new heights. The owner’s deck comes with a private terrace crowned with a surrounding waterfall and has a 6m infinity pool located aft on the main deck, equipped with a whirlpool system; the vessel also offers plenty of space to accommodate up to six jet skis and two tenders — including a fully customized 10m limousine tender built by in-house by Rossinavi; and… get this: there is an indoor waterfall that flows over a back-lighted onyx wall in the main salon.
M/Y Polaris. Owner’s Suite. Image: Rossinavi.
Polaris is further accentuated by interior design spaces developed in collaboration with Carlo Lionetti, co-director of Team for Design, which includes everything from extraordinary, exclusively woven textiles and precious materials to bespoke interior and exterior furniture and upholstery sourced from the world’s best luxury brands.
M/Y Polaris Spa Area. Image: Rossinavi.
Of course, no superyacht is complete without a soundproof cinema room in the main deck adorned in precious crystal staves. Nor can one make the most of the yachting experience without a Wellness center, gym, sauna, hammam, massage room, and—wait for it… private yoga space dedicated to all things Zen.
Federico Rossi, chief operating officer of the luxury shipyard Rossinavi chimes in. “After four years under construction, we are extremely proud to present this grand superyacht. Polaris is a 70m vessel where our construction skills and technical know-how are perfectly combined. The complexity of this project required a very specific phased approach thanks to the skills we have acquired.”
M/Y Polaris Beach Club. Image: Rossinavi.
In the end, luxury transport design is rarely about the vessel; it’s about where the experience takes you. Rossinavi and Team for Design continue to divine yacht concepts that are sleek, sporty, and functional, yet, deceptively simple. Polaris is not simply the interplay between advances in superyacht design and style, on the one hand, and advances in extreme adventure and private exploration, on the other. Something that the Italians do all too well.