Arcadia’s hot new evolution

Italian yacht builder reveals its next steps for a design collaboration with Hot Lab, including renderings of its new A100+ model.

Photography by Arcadia Yachts & Hot Lab

22 May 2017


Arcadia Yachts has announced that the company is evolving in a new direction with the assistance of design collaboration from renowned innovative Italian studio Hot Lab, which will be adding new models to the yard’s range of designs. The yacht builder has dubbed the next phase of its development as ‘Arcadia 2.0’.

The Naples-based yacht builder was founded in 2010 and over the last seven years has delivered over 20 semi-displacement, semi-custom yachts between 17.6 metres and 35 metres. The yachts are known for their distinctive style and inside-outside approach to immersive onboard living through substantial use of glass.

To assist in the company’s development, sole administrator Ugo Pellegrino has appointed Francesco Ansalone as Marketing & Communications Manager and Mario de Camillis as After Sales and Service Manager to its growing fleet of yachts.

Arcadia has put a strong emphasis on ecological sensibilities since it was established, with efficient and leading-edge use of solar panels integrated into its glass ceilings to reduce fuel consumption on board by charging the batteries to reduce use of fossil fuel-powered generators. The abundant glass on board is double glazed with Krypton, which gives a high 18C thermal coefficient for insulation, to reduce strain on the HVAC systems on board.


We are convinced that the success of a yard is connected to the experience that the owner and his entourage are part of, from the moment that they begin to think about a new yacht to when they decide to sell it to buy another. The role of the design studio in the early phase of design plays a fundamental role in creating a solid and trustworthy relationship between the yard and the owner. We therefore went to the best professionals in yacht design who not only are technically prepared, but also have an extraordinary ability to listen and to emphasise,” said Pellegrino. “After thinking very hard about our choices and working together on several pilot projects, we decided that the best partner to evolve into Arcadia2.0 would be the design studio Hot Lab. 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 design collaboration on Arcadia’s new journey with Hot Lab is the A100+ motor yacht. An evolution of the 30-metre superyacht that was presented at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2016. Although the overarching profile and design will be consistent the original model, there will be a number of developments in the evolved version of the model, including maximising of the interior-exterior experience on board.

There will be the full-height windows extending above the guests, to allow light to flood in. Adapted from the previous model, the A100+ will feature more living area including a larger upper deck and optimised foredeck, as well as revisions to placement of stairwells for better flow and use of space.

The vast aft deck features formal dining arrangements for up to 10 guests, as well as comfortable seating for up to a dozen in the lounging area, which can also be converted into a further dining space.

Five different interior layout configurations have been created by Hot Lab for a wide range of choice and flexibility to an owner’s tastes. Arcadia dubs the design style as a “perfect mix of contemporary design and neo-ornamentalism that unifies typical products of high Italian design with exotic, rarely used material like carbalho wood and resin panelling”.

The purpose of our work with Arcadia will be to contribute to the continual evolution of the brand, [which is] already so avant-garde,” said Antonio Romano, partner at Hot Lab. “Our objective is to develop the winning characteristics of the Arcadia brand in concordance with client briefs.”

The newly released designs feature sumptuous and soft materials such as leather and cotton mixed with natural oak and ebony accents, with tones in soft grey, cream and monochrome. It is expected that more design details will be released during the 2017 Cannes Yachting Festival in September.


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