Green roofs and green walls are the first stops land designers make when adding foliage to an urban area. But that of Baglietto Panama is one of the few yachts to adopt a biodiverse environment at sea, with a vertical wall of vegetation located in the main saloon. The leafy wall, which should live for years, is more than a lush and dramatic conversation piece. It serves as an informal partition between the main living room and the dining room. It’s also one of the many cool features of a 131-footer that’s a floating puzzle, with a zen-like interior, a rocket hull and a flybridge designed to party.
There are other examples of bespoke superyachts with unique designs and interior gardens. They include the 446 feet flying fox, which has sprouting planters and giant weeping figs. And the 251 feet of Amel Boadicea stands out for its tropical garden at the back of the boat. Mondomarine Serenity also has lively verdant headboards on the beds in the main living area.
But because living plants can be difficult to care for inside a ship, most other yachts are reduced to a few bonsai trees on a windowsill or the odd potted grass near the galley.
Tricky or not, the calm vibe that green foliage brings to an interior space is something homeowners ask for more. “They serve as architectural solutions that divide a space without closing it; which helps to avoid narrow spaces,” says Panama designer Francesco Paszkowski. “It retains an open-plan interior while providing a functional and aesthetic element.”
Paszkowski had an even broader vision for Panamathe vertical garden of , to bring the outside inside. “The goal was to enhance the welcoming vibe in the living room,” he said. Robb Report. “It adds a green touch to the environment and introduces light into the space in a natural way.”
PanamaThe owner of wanted a modern interior with a largely gray palette. In the living room, soft tones and cream furnishings contrast sharply with the bright accents of green flora. Large windows add natural light to the calm environment.
Throughout the interior, designed by Paszkowski in collaboration with Margherita Casprini, the use of natural materials continues, with warm parquet and striped oak floors, marble embellishments and leather finishes. Loose furnishings from several Italian designer brands define the guest spaces.
Close contact with the sea was another specified priority. This is reflected in the geometrically cut full-height windows that create light-filled spaces, the transparent surface of the gunwale on the main deck and flybridge, and the full-beam beach club. Its three sides lower to create three floating terraces on the water offering a sea breeze and a calm atmosphere. They also have a dramatic, almost startling look at Panamais severe because the shell is so buttoned up. Behind the engine room is the garage which houses a 17ft tender. It can be partially flooded to facilitate launching and recovery.
As a dramatic counterpoint to the calm interior is a 700 square foot flybridge, Paszkowski’s favorite of all the yacht’s open-air areas. It has a massive curved hardtop, lounges and sofas plus a bespoke swimming pool with a counter-current system that allows for laps. The custom made bar has a sliding tray on the counter. When open, it provides a shelf for patrons enjoying a drink at the bar and reveals a workspace for the cocktail-making team.
While the interior is all Zen, the DJ table on this level is all about partying well into the night. This flybridge is one of the most imaginative on the water.
Another remarkable feature is the speed of the boat. it has an elegant wedge-shaped profile and a vertical arc, or what Baglietto calls a “powerful character”. Generally, vertical bows are not fast boats, but Panama rises in the plane, revealing a very sharp forefoot and blows up to 31 knots, thanks to the lightweight aluminum alloy hull and superstructure, three MTU V16 2000 engines and three very powerful KaMeWa water jets.
Speed is yet another seemingly contradictory part of a compelling design that’s more than the sum of its parts. The old adage that “blue and green should never be seen” together obviously had no Panama in mind.
Here are some of Panama‘s other angles.