A Russian billionaire may have missed out on a $50 million superyacht – and had a “gaping hole” installed in the floor of one of the three lavish staterooms designed for him in China.
High-end designers Steyne Associates told Beijing Business Mirror that it is the world’s largest non-marine yacht model that features a glass lounge, cinema, nightclub, nine beds, a manicure and hair salon, beauty salon, video cinema, gym, sauna, massage rooms, swimming pool, tennis courts, mini golf course, sports courts, a zip line and retail facilities.
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Yacht designer Yuzu Kim, whose company teamed up with Steyne in 2015 to develop the iconic Armina, confirmed that the oligarch featured the concept, but it was never finished.
“The customer did want to name the ship Armina, but then some other problems arose,” Kim told the Chinese website.
He told the website that the man “who owns the design firm at the moment wanted the company to remove his name from the name and design. The design firm accepted.
Kim told the publication that the architects had the room redesigned to “fit the bill.”
“The placement of the shelf was changed due to this … (but) the design of the architecture and building department is firm on it being the only Yachts Company that has such a mighty yacht concept.”