B60 Sloop by John Pawson and Luca Brenta



More boats: architect John Pawson has designed the B60 sloop in collaboration with naval architect Luca Brenta (via Yatzer).


The boat has a 60-foot carbon-fibre hull, built by Luca Brenta Yacht Design in Kiel, Germany.


Photographs by Jens Weber, Munich. Construction photos by John Pawson.


The following text is from John Pawson:


B60 Sloop

The subject of this collaborative commission is a new 60-foot day sailing boat designed by Luca Brenta and built in Kiel.


The project’s functional goal is to create the ultimate day racing yacht, built for recreational rather than competitive purposes, but with the highest levels of manoeuvrability. The aesthetic expression of these functional aspirations is embodied in the sleekest of carbon-fibre hulls surmounted by the geometric purity of a triangular white sail.


Luca Brenta’s expertise lies in pushing forms and materials and the rigours of an approach which consistently prioritises vision over established ways of doing things. The collaboration harnesses this passion for pursuing an idea to its ultimate conclusion in the service of a particular set of interior spatial ideals.


Naval Architects: Luca Brenta Yacht Design, Luca Brenta, Lorenzo Argento Laurenti

Interior Architecture: John Pawson

Project Architects: Mark Treharne, Valerie Chomarat

Construction: Knierim Yachtbau GmbH, Gunnar Knierim, Steffen Müller

Lighting Design: Isometrix










Posted on Sunday July 27th 2008 at 12:55 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • edward

    I would think the interior accommodations of a day sailer are of little importance and in no way require any level of rigor in their design.

    • Ernesto

      You, my friend, have little to no knowledge of yachting history and design. You have also not spent anytime doing any serious sailing as your comment illustrates. The interior of small yachts is a classic example of a design problem that can be solved elegantly or horribly. Very few spaces require the rigor of a sailing vessel.

      • MrAnno1366

        Correct, if a bit rudely put.

  • bob


  • stev

    wish it would be mine

  • stephen

    Luca Brenta does it again, always at the forefront of minimal, innovative and beautifully finished luxury yachts, the beauty of efficiency. How much cooler to spend your holidays sailing and being close to the elements on a boat like this rather than motoring on a massive gin palace where you need a team of staff just to park the boat.

    The interior is also beautiful, light, minimal and welcoming, however some of the sharp edges (sofa corners, table etc) are definitely not appropriate on a sailing boat, small detail.

  • Claudia

    Ganz wunderbar!

  • Tyler

    I don't care about all of these boats.

    • jlpr70

      Then don't look at them…

  • It looks like an emergency sailing boat. All it lacks is a big red cross on main sail.


    When you're actually sailing, you don't car about how fancy your boat looks.. it just has to be light, fast, and comfortable in avery minimalistic way.. real boat-design is about exploring these fields..

    when you're tending to boat-design like given here, it's not about sailing anymore, but about showing of that you can afford a boat.. whit this one all your neighbours will be jalous for sure, but they'll think: "he's not a sailor"..

    • jlpr70

      Why? Why can’t it be beautiful as well as functional?

      That’s like saying all a car needs is four wheels, a seat and an engine, and to get you around.

      Although this is true, does it need to be so? When you’re driving, do you care what your car looks like? Maybe not, but many persons do.

      Complete design is just that, a blend of function and beauty, as exemplifed by this boat, and Porsche, Audi, Ferrari, and even Hyundai nowadays.

    • Gerald

      I spend a lot of time sailing and I can tell you that the design of the boat is very important. It may not be apparent looking at the pictures, but once you start using the space you begin finding what works well and what irritates the hell out of you.

      Simple things like the position of grab rails going down to the cabin, or the layout of the head and position of the toilet, and especially the amount and location of usable storage. Other considerations are the ease of cleaning surfaces and what happens when things get wet (they will at some point when you’re sailing). Port design – after it rains and you open a port, does in empty into the cabin or did the designer think of that?

      It has to work well and it should look beautiful – why would I want to spend any time in a space that doesn’t?

  • Andy

    this is a beautiful boat. good to see that the traditional ‘rules’ of interior yacht design (flawed and impractal) have been questioned.
    and what is the problem with having a boat that is at the same time beautiful and easy to sail, that is the goal for day sailers and cruiser racers, what is the point of having a boat that is not competitive and ugly?

  • Honkie


  • Nathan

    pretty to be sure – but what’s with the terrible cloning job on the first shot?

  • edward

    I fail to see how the interior design questions the traditional, other than the deadly sharp corners-a design conceit. No ventilators or glazing to be seen.

    No fiddles on the stove. Looks to have been outsourced from Ikea.

    • jlpr70

      I thought you said they were of no importance…

  • Momo

    i’m wondering if John Pawson and Luca Brenta have ever spend an hour in one sailing boat. i mean a real one in the real sea, maybe with the real wind. how can they design this very pretty but completely dangerous interior? why they haven’t enough imagination to design a minimal but functional interior????
    only nice picture?

    • Mike

      Momo, concentrate on your English skills before snagging on the accomplishments of others…

  • Hemi


  • ambroise

    To Tyler :
    If you are not interrested in those boat just don’t comment !
    But you may find something interresting in every subject.
    just open your mind…

  • Miami

    I know nothing about boats – but this is beautiful!!! Please bring it to Venice for the Biennale so we can all see it!

  • Essence of modern sailing! Absolutely beautiful!
    Rendering shows a lot of light for yacht without windows???
    All electric lighting and there goes peace and silence, roaring generator?
    Not much comfort either at the helm though…. but
    Cool design

  • As soon as you catch a wave with this your onion-soup will be all over your knees.


    • jlpr70

      Who eats onion soup on a boat???

  • Bartek

    Nothing special, nothing new, useless.
    Interior : look IKEA exhibitions, staight edges is not everything to make clear space (on the boat dangerous)!!!
    Where is a place on the board to sit for sailor?
    Totally wrong design, please look into the future, not behind !

  • Sean

    As an modernist architect and competitive sailor the hard edged interior is incongruous with yacht racing – whilst I am an admirer of Pawson, Silvestrin et al, this looks to be a far from satisfactory marriage – whilst the boat itself is undeniably beautiful, the interior is a recipe for injury once the boat is under race or ocean conditions. Even at anchor, in swell, or wind rock the edges would be dangerous. Form over function.

  • Tom

    The only place you could satisfactorily use that interior without frequent spillages or personal injury is whilst stationary in the dry dock. I’m sure it will sell very well.

  • A beautifull creation
    A sailing yacht like a silk road
    Alustar Aluminum is hankering after
    being part of it.

  • R Crossley

    Since its not large enough for a crew its unlikely anyone would be cooking whilst it was under sail. Any 'dangers' the interior might pose are minimised by the lack of clutter you would normally find in this yachts. Also I'm sure the hull has been borrowed from elsewhere and has at least a fairly decent cruising spec.

    Shame about the lack of windows/hatches …not enough to put me off though.

  • Phil

    Sharp interior edges / corners are dangerous in a wet, lumpy seaway. Did I miss the grab rails? Safety before looks in yacht design. Anyone slid across the cabin sole only to find a dangerous fitting breaking the slide and injury occurring?

  • Love this sleek design.