The work of design icon Adam D. Tihany, the Expedition Lounge, Discovery Center, Landing Zone and Atrium will appear on Seabourn Venture and another yet-to-be-named sister ship.
Tactile materials, rugged hints in comfortable spaces
The Expedition Lounge, Discovery Center, and Landing Zone are new spaces for Seabourn that will be instrumental in creating a sense of awe and adventure for expedition travelers. Each aims to capture the romanticism of early explorers and the thrill of discovery with thoughtful details and materials that are very tactile.
These 'elemental' aspects are aimed at capturing the sense of ruggedness that comes with expedition travel while maintaining a feeling of luxury and comfort. Tihany is also creating all indoor and outdoor guest areas on the two new ships.
'When you conjure up images of the ideal adventure trip, you would head out into the stunning wilderness for the day knowing that when you return a cozy, welcoming space filled with luxurious materials like leathers and rich woods that invites relaxation and conversation awaits you,' Seabourn president Rick Meadows said.
Located on Deck 4 at the heart of the ship, this is a gathering place to share photos and stories from the day with their fellow travelers and the expedition staff. The Expedition Lounge will be central to the Seabourn expedition operation, where travelers convene before and after expeditions each day.
Custom furniture by Tihany Design employs a variety of warm, natural materials. An etched glass partition displays a vintage map of Antarctica and vitrines showcase intricate tools and devices of the trade. Two large touchscreens will display photos, navigational charts, weather charts and maps.
Adjacent to the Expedition Lounge on Deck 4, this acts as the teaching/academic center for natural history and cultural programming in an environment spacious enough to accommodate all passengers. Lectures, briefings and Seabourn Conversations enrichment programming are planned here.
Seabourn's 26-person expedition team of wilderness experts, scientists, historians and naturalists will be at home in this space inspired by landscape of some of the expedition destinations. The organic shapes of topography maps will play against the elegant curves of the plush custom seating.
Audiovisual experiences will come to life through high-definition screens 2.5 meters high by 10 meters wide. Footage from daily submarine voyages will also be shown.
The launch and recovery point for landings, each of the two Landing Zones—Port & Starboard, both located on Deck 3—will measure a generous 60 square meters, with room for passengers to change and clean their gear in comfort while also providing space to store their rubber boots. The Landing Zone, commonly known as a mudroom, has been designed for extreme functionality and accessibility with a durable material palette and optimum location to give direct access to embark one of the 24 Zodiacs.
In tropical areas, the Landing Zones will also be used for snorkeling and similar activities, with storage space for fins and masks. Travelers will move through the two Landing Zones in small groups distributed evenly to keep waiting time and crowding to a minimum for excursion departures. Staff will guide them down one flight of stairs to Deck 2, where they'll step directly from the ship into the Zodiacs.
A focal point on all Seabourn ships with its elegant winding staircase, the Atrium on Seabourn’s expedition ships wll have a sky lit space and continue the wood and metal detailing present throughout the ship with details such as rhythmically placed ropework in place of more traditional spindles and a topography inspired wall treatment.
Suspended at the center of the Atrium and echoed again at its base is an art display emulating traditional wind measuring instruments.
More details about public spaces and suites on the new expedition ships will continue to be revealed in the coming months. Itinerary details and booking availability will be released in mid-2019.
Tihany was the creative vision behind the luxury yacht-inspired interiors on Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation. He also designed interiors for The Grill by Thomas Keller restaurant on Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest.