Kiwa: Solar Superyacht Concept

Amsterdam based Isaac Burrough Design has drawn on New Zealand heritage to create KIWA, a 110 metre solar super yacht concept.

“The intention for Kiwa was to design a yacht that is both modern and elegant. Her sleek silhouette combined with curvaceous surfaces give grace despite her exploration capabilities. A yacht that will look sophisticated whether cruising the Mediterranean or the Arctic.” – Isaac Burrough

The IDB website shares of how the firm was Inspired by Māori guardian of the ocean ‘Kiwa’, Isaac Burrough’s 110-metre motor yacht concept reimagines sustainable seafaring.

Sleek solar panels, a hybrid drivetrain and low volume to length maximise energy-efficiency today and anticipate the tech advancements of tomorrow.

A versatile layout caters to guests seeking an active adventure or a relaxing sanctuary immersed in 360º water views. 

A narrow, low-volume to length hull ensures motor-efficiency from the ground up and 200 square metres of solar panels power the daily crew usage and hotel load. 

Structurally lowering fuel consumption is only the first step. With a hybrid propulsion system, guests could enable Electric-Only mode to enter remote zones without pollution or enjoy al fresco dining sans generator. 

Forward-thinking features equip Kiwa for engineering innovations on the horizon. As solar and battery technology develops, its electric capacity is expected to extend from several hours to unlimited, emission-freemotoring.

As the intention often with super yachts, outdoor living is encouraged. Kiwa imagines expansive deck areas for her new owner and the design boasts 175 square metres of storage space for guest tenders and toys. 

The large main deck concept is versatile; with sliding doors and diverse lounge areas that create private sanctuaries in shade or sun. It is elegantly terraced to the swim platform, evoking a beach sloping toward the sea, allowing those onboard a beach club experience. 

Above the swim platform, a glass bottom pool is cantilevered off the main deck and, on the lower deck, in-built sun pads are partially covered by the blue rays emitting from the glass. The sun pads look out to an uninterrupted aft view while, upstairs, the sun deck boasts a jacuzzi with an elevated panoramic view.

But the best view on board can be found in the spa area where semi submerged pools allow guests to enjoy scenery both above and below the water surface.

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