Sharp focus

Heesen Yachts has unveiled a scale model and details of its new 5700 Aluminium class, named Project Akira.

Photography by Heesen Yachts

27 September 2019


The design of the 56.7-metre four deck yacht features exterior design by Frank Laupman’s Omega Architects and interiors by Harrison Eidsgaard.

Built from an aluminium hull, the exterior features a “shapely silhouette” with an “elongated profile” and new “scoop shaped stern,” according to the esteemed Dutch yard.

Extensive structural and decorative glass is a key focus of the exterior design and helps to enhance the indoor and outdoor connection of the design.

Frank Laupman of Omega Architects said: “We added a touch of aggression by way of sharp angles. The overall effect is the look of a leaping animal.”

The Harrison Eidsgaard interior was described as a “versatile canvas” that can be personalised late in the process without affecting the construction program and delivery date.

Speaking about the design, co-founder Ben Harrison said: “The whole premise of the design is about the view; indoor-outdoor living is the primary driver.”


Accommodation is for a total of 12 guests in a full 10.3-metre beam owner’s stateroom and five guest cabins. The crew quarters meanwhile allows for a staff of 13.

Akira will be powered by twin MTU 16V 4000 M65L engines for a top speed of 22 knots and range of 4,400 nautical miles at 12 knots.

Heesen also announced it has sold 59-metre custom superyacht, Project SkyFall.

Due for delivery in spring 2023, the 59-metre FDHF all-aluminium motor yacht boasts 22,000 horsepower with an impressive top speed of 37 knots.

The owner, an expert yachtsman and keen angler, appointed Omega Architects to design SkyFall’s striking profile.

Exuding power and speed in every detail, she has an aggressive paint scheme reminiscent of sinews straining to be unleashed and a fishing cockpit located at the stern.



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