‘I wanted to work with Alberto Pinto and went to his office in Paris. We had to convince him to take our project on as he was very busy and he didn’t want to do anything in Turkey, but finally we succeeded. The brief was simple; we said we were not going to interfere much because we are not yacht owners, but it had to be a light, summery, cozy house style so that when people walked in they felt like they were at home.’
With the yacht’s lines drawn by Diana Scott of Sterling Scott in Monaco and with the late, great yacht designer Pinto taking on the interior, Ergun and his team finalized the general arrangement and began building the yacht on speculation. Ergun’s philosophy was as simple as the interior brief.
The list of suppliers and subcontractors on the build reads like a Who’s Who of the top end of yacht construction. The interior joinery was built by the Austrian company LIST; Van Cappellen did the sound and vibration; the paint is Awlgrip; Quantum provided the stabilizers; the navigation equipment is Raytheon and so on.
‘When yachts get bigger, typically all you do is double the spaces – the lounges, the dining areas. So we decided to combine these areas to create something new for a seventy-meter, creating a wow effect by combining two decks.’ The result is the spectacular atrium gallery at the aft end of the main salon, creating an incredible sense of space and airiness while connecting the upper seating area with the salon and bar below.
For Ergun, the reaction to the yacht at the Monaco Yacht Show was as much a surprise for him as the yacht was for those who were lucky enough to get on board. ‘Everyone loved Red Square,’ he enthuses. ‘If someone had come to me and said this was what was going to happen I’d have said “no way.” I was stunned. It was unbelievable. They loved the flow of the GA, the quality and soul of the interior, and everything about the yacht.
‘Everyone loved Red Square,’ he enthuses. ‘If someone had come to me and said this was what was going to happen I’d have said “no way.”
owner of the Ursa Shipyard