A swan inspired by Mazinga: presenting “Avanguardia”, the gigayacht of the future, designed by Pierpaolo Lazzarini

The Italian designer Pierpaolo Lazzarini is back with Avanguardia, a 137 metre gigayacht with a swan-like “head” used to launch a 16-metre tender

10 September 2020 | by Redazione

The new “Avanguardia” one of the nautical giants, looks like a swan and was inspired by Mazinga. The new design created by Italian designer,  Pierpaolo Lazzarini, will certainly not go unnoticed. He has designed a 137 metre gigayacht in the shape of a swan.

The peculiarity of this vessel, which seems like something out of science fiction, is its “neck”, just like that of a swan, which, when raised makes the “head” turn into some sort of control tower. When it is reclined, the head detaches and becomes a 16 metre tender, ready to go out to sea and quickly leave the mother ship. And this is where the influence of Mazinga, a famous cartoon from the Eighties, can be seen.

Avanguardia has 5 decks as well as two bases for the arrival and departure of a helicopter, both on the upper deck, one to the stern and the other midship. It is powered by a MTU Rolls-Royce engine, capable of reaching a cruising speed of 18 knots, in addition to two lateral hybrid engines, which are useful for manoeuvring and turning.

These two smaller engines, which can reach speeds of 8 knots on their own, are actually those of two jet capsules housed in the stern, a model similar to that seen at the last Genoa Boat Show.

With its neck extended, Avanguardia becomes 160 metres tall and would become the fifth largest yacht in the world. If there were a shipyard interested in transforming this futuristic design into reality, Lazzarini would have to review the mechanisms used in the “neck”, which is, in reality a triple-articulated crane, moved by electric-hydraulic pumps, whose bulk, however, at the moment seems to be excessive.

The construction cost, according to the designer, would be around 500 million euros. There are yachts that cost a lot more, but first he will need to find a shipyard and owner interested in taking part in the project.


Photos: Lazzarini Design Studio

Giuseppe Orrù

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