Blohm + Voss built the yacht, originally known as Eco in 1991 for Emilio Azcarraga, a Mexican media magnate. It was a leap forward in the yachting industry in many ways. The innovative Eco was the first pleasure vessel to combine a composite superstructure and a metallic hull, for instance. She also had a futuristic design by Martin Francis, with bubble-like windows all around the front of the superstructure.
Philippe Starck and Martin Francis collaborated on the design of this strikingly innovative yacht built by the German shipyard Blohm + Voss for young and forward-thinking Russian entrepreneur Andrey Melnichenko. For the first few years after her launch, the owner kept the interior of this stunning yacht a well-guarded secret, but he did allow a few select photos to be published.
The new superyacht A, featured on the cover of our July issue, made quite a splash when it was unveiled, but the hull itself is said to hardly make a wake thanks to a very innovative design that Martin Francis, as technical and naval designer on the project once known as SF99, helped turn into reality.