This 20m long Turkish schooner, the ‘Topaz of Braye’, redesigned by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos shares your love for adventure, open seas, and sailing.
Historically used for fishing and transportation of cargo, the schooner later made its appearance in regattas and today, in luxury sailing. Viewing this allied discipline through an open-minded lens, the firm undertook the redesign of this 131.39 sqm. vessel in collaboration with naval engineers. Applying design principles so characteristic of the firm’s reputation – clean lines, sharp edges and minimal ornamentation, the sailboat sports a modern and stark white aesthetic.
Bringing in a trend-setting flair and yet respecting and borrowing from existing elements and peculiarities so innate to the vessel’s past, the firm approaches this project like they would a historic building. Its primary architecture includes two masts slightly inclining towards the stern, lending it speed, stability and undoubtedly, elegance.
The redesign tests the limits of small-scale ergonomics and compact solutions while maximizing versatility and movement.
The redesign tests the limits of small-scale ergonomics and compact solutions while maximizing versatility and movement. Clearing the sailboat of its innumerable ornaments to reveal the shell, the interior configuration of the main space transforms to accommodate a kitchen, three main cabins and a triangular room for the crew, all with built-in bathrooms – a program unthinkable for a house of the same area. Modified openings ensure that the habitable volume connects visually to the outside – a solution that mimics these tears in the same white colour of the hull of the boat.
The new design for the central deck does away with the restrictive hatches to free up the roof space while cross-ventilation in the circulation area improves indoor air quality. A platform integrated at the rear-end makes for a leisurely space.
The casual and chic vibe aboard this modern schooner crafts a sailing experience that will be a conversation starter for days together!
Architecture: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, Valencia
Project Team: Fran Silvestre | Principal in Charge
Ricardo Candela| Principal in Charge
Interior Design: Alfaro Hofmann
Built Area: 131.39 sq. m.
Location: Marina de Valencia
Photography credits: Jesús Orrico