Italian naval design is usually subdued, but Lazzarini breaks with tradition in most of his projects, to design a vision of the future that the majority of us can only dream of. Or, as he writes on his official website, his work is directly influenced by the past but looking only to the future.
Lazzarini is one of the most versatile and eccentric designers from Italy, and that’s saying a lot. That said, if you have $300 million to spare on a boat, he’ll hook you up with just the thing.
What Saturnia does have in common with Prodigium is the private harbor, but it has it relocated mid-ship. Smaller in size, at just 328 feet (100 meters), Saturnia hides a very fancy secret: a floodable garage situated amidships, revealed only when needed. As the sides open away and upwards, they become private terraces slash outdoor lounges with glass bottoms – what an amazing way to spend a sunny afternoon, right?
With the superyacht at anchor, this inner harbor can house at least a couple of moored tenders of 5 feet (1.5 meters) each, offering access on board. When in motion, the tenders are lifted by crane and moved for safekeeping in the actual tender garage. So basically, while it’s very striking visually, this feature is what you could call a “whim.”
Lazzarini imagines Saturnia as a multi-purpose superyacht, so he leaves the interior design and the exact layout up for future owners. The idea is that available space would allow for a variety of configurations, depending on the owner’s needs and budget, with accommodation for as few as 10 and as many as 20 guests, and 20 more crew.
Saturnia has five decks, with two of them cantilevered aft; Lazzarini imagines one of the pools suspended over an outdoor dining area, and the visual is nothing short of striking. The deck area is walkable all around, offering guests quick access to all the available amenities. Instead of the helipad on the upper deck, the designer places a landing pad for eVTOLs – the Stratosfera bubble that floats and sails that he designed earlier this year.
Saturnia would come with hybrid propulsion: twin diesel engines and a central electronic water jet system that would allow it to sail with zero emissions. With both the hull and superstructure made of dry carbon fiber, Saturnia would be 50% lighter than any other vessel of its size and, because of it, able to soar at speeds of up to 30 knots.