Monaco Yacht Show: Pininfarina’s Oceanco Kairos E-Hybrid Yacht Encourages Mindfulness


Oceanco Kairos offers a new kind of ocean life. The yacht’s vast and open living space can be experienced in multiple forms to encourage passengers to interact in new and exciting ways, but also to live in the moment. Work of the illustrious Italian design studio Pininfarina and exhibited at the Monaco Yacht Show 2021, the ship offers 90 meters of life on board without too many borders. In addition, the inventive architecture allows the Kairos to be powered by an e-hybrid system.

This is the first time that Pininfarina has worked with bespoke yacht builder Oceanco and naval architect Lateral. The exterior shape of the yacht has been designed to appear like a living island. Visually, there is no forward steering with the symmetrical profile removing any sense of urgency to move on to new destinations. The idea is to create a sense of peace that the makers hope will encourage a touch of mindfulness on board the ship.

“Our passion as designers is to imagine new space concepts capable of enchanting every moment of the experience,” explains Paolo Pininfarina. “On Kairos, time, space and people connect to become one in the moment. The owner and his guests are at the epicenter of the on-board experience and the surrounding space adapts to all their desires.

Every entry point of the yacht leads to the vast theatrical plaza in a way. Developed vertically on three levels, it deliberately breaks with the conventional yacht design format. Instead, the interesting asymmetric shapes, transparent structures, and the absence of physical barriers are influenced by what manufacturers say about the “multidimensional landscapes” of our daily lives – the design thus encouraging social interaction.

Pininfarina explains: “A 360 degree approach to design connects you to both the sea below, the light above and the spaces and people next to you. It feeds your curiosity on an instinctive level and encourages you to explore new experiences and perspectives.

All cabins are neatly positioned on the lower deck with a direct view of the water, so the main level can maintain its uninterrupted flow. There are also intimate spaces on board the Kairos. For example, on the panoramic balcony accessible above the upper deck by an elevator, passengers can enjoy a moment of tranquility while enjoying the view of the sea.

The project is part of the Oceanco NXT initiative, which is rooted in the search for sustainable solutions for the yachts of tomorrow. The company has identified its future customers as progressive “young-at-heart” types who are looking for something unique and avant-garde in their yachts. So Oceanco is rethinking everything from assumptions about how we use the spaces we navigate to owning a yacht. Oceanco treats this much like a laboratory, working with a global collective of experts from a wide range of industries to bring new perspectives to its vision for the future of yachting.

Lateral has partnered with a number of green projects in recent years to include the Black Pearl and Bravo Eugenia yachts – the latter being Oceanco’s first LIFE Design superyacht that offers a 30% increase in fuel efficiency. The innovative layout of the naval architect for Kairos enabled an all-electric propulsion and power system architecture.

The Kairos e-hybrid system integrates batteries as the primary means of power delivery, allowing to seamlessly meet the different energy demands of hotel, propulsion and maneuver loads. Diesel generators are provided for battery charging and high speed cruising, selected without the constraints of conventional diesel electric and solely on the basis of efficiency and energy density. The e-hybrid system also allows extended operation without noise, with less vibration and without local emissions.

A model of Oceanco Kairos is on display at the Monaco Yacht Show from September 22 to 25, 2021.

See what Paolo Pininfarina has to say about the multidisciplinary work of his studio and see other Pininfarina yacht designs, including the X90 Superfly