Good Design Award: Kirsten Schwalgien wins with Big Shadow 

Kirsten Schwalgien Design has been awarded the Good Design Award 2020 for the ultimate yacht support vessel featuring an innovative roll-in helicopter hangar. The 65-meter BIG SHADOW is developed with KSD in collaboration with an experienced yacht owner and the  Dutch shipyard Damen.

Kirsten Schwalgien Design (KSD) has been awarded the Good Design Award 2020 for the 65-meter yacht support vessel concept BIG SHADOW. Held annually by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, the prestigious Good Design Awards celebrate the best in innovative industrial, product, and graphic design.

BIG SHADOW is based on the latest Damen Yacht Support 6511 platform. Standing out for its bold design, it features an innovative helicopter hangar able to accommodate an Airbus H145 without folding the rotor blades – a feature never before seen in the superyacht industry.

good design award winner big shadow

“The owner’s brief required to implement the heli hangar into the existing structure,” explains Kirsten Schwalgien, Founder of KSD. “The roll-in hangar allows the owner to transport their helicopter with maximum speed, ease, and efficiency. It’s a feature which I expect to see more of in the future.”

With a volume of approximately 1,380 GT and a beam of 12.7 meters, BIG SHADOW accommodates up to 11 crew onboard, as well as a fully-equipped stock of toys and tenders. The support vessel delivers a top speed of 18 knots and an autonomous range of 5,000 nm at a cruising speed of 14 knots.

A new kind of yachts

KSD wanted to design a yacht support vessel that maintains its own identity while complementing the mothership. “Utilitarian, dynamic, and with an edgy silhouette – yacht support vessels are not pretending to be in the same class as a superyacht, but they can certainly hold as stand-out boats in their own right,” Schwalgien states. “A new typology of boats needs a new design language – both in terms of exterior and interior design. It is fantastic to see yacht support vessels get the attention they deserve with a Good Design Award for BIG SHADOW.”

good design award winner big shadow

Kirsten Schwalgien Design (KSD), based in Barcelona, was founded in 2011. The studio specializes in exterior and interior superyacht design, private residential projects, hotels, and exclusive commercial spaces.

Notable projects include customized superyacht tenders for the 100-meter Feadship superyacht Moonrise, the exterior design of the 115-meter superyacht Luna and the high-profile residential project Loft BuresQ in Barcelona. The next yacht to bear KSD’s credentials is a 65-meter shadow vessel under construction at Armon shipyard and scheduled for delivery in 2021.

(Good Design Award: Kirsten Schwalgien wins with Big Shadow – – March 2021)