Artefact: The Eco Superyacht that Changed the Game

11th March 2020 // By Elite Traveler

Artefact Superyacht

The Artefact superyacht pushed the boundaries of yacht design and is rightly described as a ‘game changer’ / ©Francisco Martinez

by Ellie Brade

Last year saw a dazzling array of brand-new superyachts hit the water for the first time, and one of the most head-turning was the 262-ft Artefact, built in Germany by Nobiskrug and designed by Gregory C Marshall with an interior by Reymond Langton Design.

Artefact is notable for a number of reasons, not the least of which is her advanced hybrid technology, striking exterior design and the fact that she is the biggest-volume yacht of her size in the world.

The owner’s brief was to create a yacht that blended environmental responsibility, innovative features and high comfort levels, and the design team more than delivered. Her build team pushed the boundaries of yacht design, and rightly describe her as a ‘game changer.’

Key features include the combined use of solar panels and a battery storage system that ensure the yacht can operate with no engines for windows of time. A diesel-electric Azipod propulsion system can hold Artefact’s position without needing to drop anchor — protecting sensitive ocean floors.

The clever use of glass has helped create a truly unique profile, with radically mismatched windows. With the highest glass ratio of any yacht of her size, a floor-to-ceiling central glass section has 7,965 sq ft of curved glasswork that weighs an incredible 60 tons!

A wide variety of guest spaces span her many decks, with numerous alfresco dining areas, a Jacuzzi, impressive storage capacity for tenders and toys, and a refined interior with high ceilings. Designed to maximize the long-term on-board comfort of her guests, Artefact’s many assets include a full cinema, beauty salon and gym.

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