M/Y Asya was delivered to her owners on March 3, 2015. Launched in December 2014, M/Y Asya is the second in the restyled 47m class, a breed of yachts whose exterior design by the talented Frank Laupman of Omega Architects combines elegant traditional lines with contemporary flair, a marriage emphasised by the continuous glass windows and matching black paintwork on the main deck and upper decks.
The restyling includes a significant improvement in the housing of the rescue tender in an enclosed bay in front of the wheelhouse, a remarkable achievement considering the yacht is under the 500GT threshold. This additional touch of grace means the lines of the forward section of the iconic yacht now looks smooth and clean. Another important design change concerns the crew accommodation, which complies with LY3 regulations.
Powered by two MTU8V 4000 M63 diesel engines, M/Y Asya’s well-engineered steel hull with bulbous bow provided smooth passage and exceeded the contractual speed by 0.8 knots. At her cruising speed (12 knots) she has a range of 4,000 nautical miles.
M/Y Asya is the expression of Heesen’s ability to create unique and award-winning vessels with naval architecture and engineering based on a proven and successful design platform. Working to a proven design platform allows us to deliver an exceptional yacht in less than 24 months with industry leading quality and performance specifications. This provides our customers with the confidence to purchase a vessel whose performance has been tested and constantly improved.
Asya, originally conceived as Project Hé, is the fourth collaboration between Heesen Yachts and Bannenberg & Rowell Design in the 47m class, following Raasta (ex Elandess), My Secret and Lady Petra.
At Bannenberg & Rowell we were inspired by the stripped back aesthetic of Dieter Rams, Frank Lloyd Wright and Tadao Ando, which was used as a springboard for the design and added a top layer to the exterior based on the ‘lean’ aesthetic of minimalist Far Eastern resorts to produce a restful and discreet environment.
The interior palette includes silver-grey oiled oak, mid-gloss lacquer, silk and bronze. Contrast is provided by dark Macassar ebony with polished stainless steel detailing and accents. Bedside tables in the guest suites are cantilevered structures with dark Macassar ebony tops and bases, sandwiching a cool off-white lacquer, with accent strips and an integral pull handle in polished stainless steel. The proportions echo those of an iPod in homage to the work of Steve Jobs. This approach continues through to the bathrooms, which feature striped marbles in neutral, earthy tones and are combined with lacquer, oak and Macassar ebony.
The salon on the main deck has three distinct zones. When entering via the aft doors, there is a library-like space that is framed with book niches with glass facades in tones of amber, green and aubergine. The area leads to the main seating area, which includes sofas, armchairs, chaises and custom designed coffee tables. The final zone is the dining area, which features a table made from a slab of Macassar ebony that can seat 12 people.
The owner’s stateroom forward includes a low-level bed with a rail of Macassar ebony that sits on the edge of the divan. The same detailing has been applied to the surface of the nightstands, and is repeated on the outboard dressing table and the writing table in the study. Stone and timber are used throughout the owner’s bathroom, with the counterpoint of an adzed limestone wall running down the inboard side of the shower.
The bridge deck lounge includes a bar and wine room, with a large TV framed by niches in plum-painted glass. A large circular ceiling feature, along with the layout of furniture, helps to unify this space.
The palette of soft furnishings respects the design philosophy and concentrates on texture and discreet contrasts. Colour, when it appears, is rich and intense. Onboard furniture includes pieces by B&B Italia, William Yeoward, Interdesign and De La Espada. As ever, the collaboration with Heesen was a pleasure from start to finish and we look forward to our seventh and eighth projects with them, which are already underway.