Carlo Nuvolari is the co-founder and chief naval engineer at Venice’s Nuvolari Lenard design studio. For Carlo, wellness and lifestyle need to be at the forefront of modern superyacht design to reflect contemporary social trends and changing tastes. This is the philosophy behind Nuvolari Lenard’s open, integrated interiors where guests can indulge in a swim, a drink at the bar, or even a spin on the exercise bike while remaining close to family and friends.
“As designers, it is our responsibility to create spaces that best serve those who spend time in them,” explains Carlo Nuvolari. “Architecture mirrors the way we live and it has done for centuries, if not millennia. We can look to the layouts of dwellings from the past for a snapshot of how people lived their daily lives. And it follows that how we choose to live today does not stagnate but continues to evolve alongside emerging social trends and technologies.”
Compared to the relatively innovative commercial building sector, the architecture of yachts –and, to a lesser extent, land-based homes –is generally very conservative. Traditionally, yacht and home layouts have allocated significant prized real estate to formal lounging and dining areas, many of which are lavishly decorated, seldom used and are not related to the way we live today.
Conversely, active lifestyle and wellness related spaces – such as gyms, hammams, spas, saunas, beauty salons and cinemas – are banished to less desirable, isolated locations that receive relatively little natural light and separate those using them from friends and family.
The reality is that most people do not want to be alone to take part in what may be their favorite activities, and there is another pathway that we, as designers, are able to offer home or yacht owners and their guests; something that is convivial, modern and in line with day to day living.”
For Nuvolari Lenard, reimagining the wellness lifestyle onboard superyachts includes reflecting on how guests want to use spaces to relax while remaining near family and friends. “Imagine an informal, integrated lounge, seamlessly connecting to the outside space through large sliding doors to create the indoor-outdoor ambiance that we have seen growing in popularity of late”, comments Carlo Nuvolari. “Gone is the stuffy seating with oversized coffee tables while the awkward, unused formal dining area has been banished.”
Instead, we find an open, light-filled space where you will want to spend time together, whether sitting or lounging, cycling on a spin bike, bathing in a swimming pool, eating at an informal table, or watching a movie. Exercise equipment no longer needs to be an eyesore and can be assimilated into the design scheme using bespoke, high-end materials and without heavy, dark plastic dominating a space.
“Ultimately, as designers, we need to provide our clients with new spaces that offer good company in a comfortable setting, so they can spend time doing whatever it is that they love to do,” he says. “A modern home, whether floating or on land, should reinforce ‘wellness living’ and whatever that means to a particular client. It is our responsibility to look forward and offer these new pathways to a better life, rather than looking back and do what has always been done before.”