Zuccon International Project has been called a family dynasty. Giovanni Zuccon and his wife Paola began their yacht design careers in 1976. Together, they founded the yacht design studio in 1984. Their first studio, Studio Zuccon focused on creating yachts best suited to their clients. Their children, Martina and Bernardo eventually joined the family business. Both chose to study architecture for their college degrees, though Bernardo initially began to study engineering, modeling his father’s education.
In recent years, the family established a separate division called Zuccon Superyacht Design, in which Martina and Bernardo are responsible for creating the super yachts requested by clients of the Ferretti group. The family has skillfully collaborated with other design studios and the prestigious CRN shipyard.
The family specializes in large yachts with many luxury spaces and amenities. They live together in the same building where they work, sharing lunch daily, and working on projects. They believe their success stems in part from the meticulous care they give to dealing with each project in-house, developing sketches, renderings and technical work with a high level of privacy for each client. The family, along with a team of 25 employees works on nautical and architectural projects.
They have created numerous successfully launched yachts and look forward to the future realization of concepts currently in development. Here are 5 such concepts:
CRN 131 Superyacht 74m
Scheduled to launch in 2016, the CRN 131 features an exterior designed by Studio Zuccon, interiors designed by Andrew Winch Designs and construction by CRN shipyard. This mega yacht provides accommodation for 12 guests with a crew of 34, and 4 staff members. The vessel was designed to include a wine tasting area, a greenhouse room to house the Bonsai collection of the Owner, a beach club and a heli-pad. The vessel has two marine Caterpillar 3516 engines providing power. Her maximum speed is just over 16 knots and her cruising speed is 15 knots. There are separate guest and crew cabins, including the Owner’s suite and 5 guest accommodations.
50m Explorer Motor Yacht TESEO
The TESEO concept was commissioned by Italian shipyard CRN in 2015. The prestigious Italian firm had an existing Explorer category and was seeking a semi-custom superyacht which could travel on long trips in all weather conditions. The goal of a timeless, beautiful vessel was realized by Bernardo Zuccon.
Zuccon described the project’s theme as flexible, functional variety while experiencing the sea. He noted that the design included many areas set aside which could be transformed in response to each client’s requirements. The displacement vessel would maintain the form and volume of an expedition yacht, while offering differing layouts. The flexibility offered the Owner included keeping the crew and guest areas separate, utilizing a command deck used by the entire crew but retaining private living spaces for guests. Regardless of the voyage length, privacy is maintained.
There are two tenders and one water scooter situated stern. Spaces are reserved in the design which could be utilized as diving areas, extra storage, patios and a beach club spot.
The owners have the choice of locating their quarters on the main deck at the stern or on the lower deck with two guest cabins. The arrangement of the guest cabins could be on the lower deck so that the top deck could be free for sunning, socializing and enjoying the views. An innovative living area is a sea balcony that has four doors which slide to unite the area with the external cockpit.
CRN Classic 52m Superyacht
This completely customized mega yacht concept resulted from the collaboration between Zuccon International Project and shipyard CRN. A luxurious aluminum and steel displacement motor yacht, the vessel was designed with a blend of style from the 1970s and 80s, using the latest technologies developed in the 2000s.
The CRN manufactured two yachts during the decades which inspired the design for the 52m yacht. These were the classics Azzurra and Il Vagabondo. The two naval architectural firms used their considerable collective design experience to provide greater flexibility for Owners by giving closer sea contact. This was achieved by using the stern as an innovative “beach club”, by providing the Owner’s suite with a private terrace, and by adding one eight-meter and two, two-meter tenders to the yacht. The tenders are situated on the lower aft deck, the main deck technical bow area, and amidships of the main deck. The third is placed on display in the lounge. When the third tender is deployed on the ocean, the space becomes a lounge and alfresco dining area with a panoramic terrace.
The Classic 52m will accommodate 12 guests. There are four guest cabins and one master cabin. It will carry a crew of 12. It has 5 bridges, has a cruising speed of 14.5 knots and a maximum sailing speed of 15.5 knots. There are two C32-C Caterpillar engines.
The entire yacht is focused on provided access to the ocean and beaches, when anchored. The addition of sun bathing areas, a sun deck and central bar, unobstructed views with large spaces and areas to socialize meet the design goals of using innovative combinations of timeless style within the concept of “social luxury”.
54m Superyacht Discovery
Designed by Bernardo Zuccon and revealed in 2012, this motor yacht was built with living solutions which give the Owner optimal use of outdoor and indoor spaces in relationship to each other. The Discovery is 54 meters long and just over 10 meters wide. The displacement vessel is a luxury yacht with an aluminum superstructure and steel hull. Its function is to travel long distances. It has a 4,000- mile autonomy while cruising at 12 knots.
The Discover has a huge fly and includes three decks. The Owner’s cabin is located on the upper deck, with the bow the location for a veranda. Guests enjoy common areas on the main deck. There are accommodations for as many as ten guests within five suites, plus four additional junior suites located within the lower deck. The crew quarters and a stern situated beach club are separate on the lower deck as well. There is a skylight around the pool’s perimeter. The square-shaped pool is situated on the stern.
Large windows are added to the primary indoor hall, minimizing visual barriers and allowing natural light to permeate the space. The dining area is open at the sides with a central, partial roof. The command bridge and the captain’s cabin are adjacent for easy access.
The luxurious owner’s cabin is as wide as the entire vessel. It has its own study, bathroom with tub and shower and a generous wardrobe. It is connected to a private lounge and bar area. Two greenhouses form ecological filters between the private lounge and cabin areas. The flying bridge is longer than 20 meters, with bar, lounging sofas, a large dining table and a sundeck which doubles as a helipad.
The entire vessel makes use of natural materials and includes greenery to provide comfort for yacht guests. Zuccon views the human relationship with the unchanging sea as key to his functional yet comfortable yacht design.
90m ZSYD Yacht Project
In 2013, Bernardo Zuccon introduced Zuccon International Project’s new brand, Zuccon Super Yacht Design, with this extraordinary concept design. It was the very first concept by ZSYD and announced to the world that the brand was a new division within the company dedicated to researching and developing new mega yacht concepts.
Zuccon’s personal comment on the design was that the 90m super yacht, and the company would embrace an overall philosophy which he termed “Timeless”. The new yacht embodied all aspects of the term, including design, styling, and function. The 90m yacht layout was conceived with vertical height, large surfaces, integration between the internal and external living areas and multi-purpose use of areas. One specific example included the sliding glass walls in the upper deck living area which allow the area to be used either as a formal indoor room or an informal outside dining area.
Zuccon also described the aft upper deck as an area given abundant space and a sizeable swimming pool so that guests could take part in outdoor activity. He noted that a forward-looking architectural feature was the greenhouse and green walls which blend into a space unifying nature and the built environment.
The yacht’s upper and main deck were planned to be welcoming, but a full deck was dedicated to the Owner which includes a gym and spa area, two terraces and complete privacy. Attention was given to integrate spaces in such a way that maximum height was retained. The yacht contains the entire complement of technology available. Ultimately, the yacht, and the new ZSYD brand seeks to unify the dual values of innovation and continuity.