Yachtbau Y7

Norm Architects has created the interior architecture for the 70 foot yacht “Bella”, the first of the Y/Yachts model Y7 manufactured in Greifswald by Michael Schmidt Yachtbau.


Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen





The main design elements of the boat are tactile sufaces, natural materials and matt finishes, while colors are tone-on-tone for a subdued, moody setting.

The lighting further emphasises the calm and cosy settings, with inbuilt, subtle lamps built in to shelves and cabinets.
Beautifying details are found in the forms and high-quality craftsmanship of the built-in, wooden elements.

Inside, the yacht are designed with seamless door frames as crisp details rather than disruptive elements.

Minimal aesthetics and materiality define the boat’s exterior as well the interior design.

We’ve aimed to achieve a simpler framework by correcting the unnecessary elements of the boat and embracing the natural curves of the ship.

The internal construction of the ship has been aligned, correcting the unnecessary to achieve a simpler framework, following the natural curves of the ship.

Moreover, the security requirements are met in style through elegant, built-in furniture that appear unfixed, to provoke a homelier feel, ultimately accomplishing an understated luxury.

“Bella” is the construction number one of the Y/Yachts model Y7 and was developed in cooperation with the US-American designer Bill Tripp, who has already brought numerous yachts between 15 and 86 metres in length onto the water.

Like all Y/Yachts formats, “Bella” was manufactured in Greifswald by Michael Schmidt Yachtbau. The aim in developing the Y7 was to combine comfortable sailing behaviour with competitive sailing performance, also on the regatta course. This was achieved by consistently reducing the weight of the yacht during construction and extension as well as by doing without a backstay – the profile of the mainsail (with Fathead) thus gets a better profile and more space. At the same time the carbon fibre mast can be somewhat shorter and the yacht can become more stable and significantly faster.


Yachtbau Y7