Costa Cruises appoints Adam Tihany and four design firms for newbuilds

Costa Cruises appoints Adam Tihany and four design firms for newbuilds
Adam D. Tihany to serve as creative director (Image: Alex Weber)

Jeffrey Beers International, Dordoni Architetti, Partner Ship Design and Rockwell Group are to design the interiors of Costa Cruises’ two new LNG ships, which will be delivered in 2019 and 2021.

Each of the four firms has experience in the international hospitality design sector. They have been tasked with developing a new design concept that builds on Costa’s heritage as a brand with a ‘bespoke realisation of the ‘Italy's Finest' philosophy’.

“We are fortunate to bring together such distinguished professionals for our next-generation ship,” said Neil Palomba, president of Costa Cruises. “I am confident that our designers will be able to create a unique style for our new ships that will help us to offer our guests unforgettable and pleasant holiday experiences.”

Partner Ship Design will head the design of two restaurants and several bars including the new I Bacari bar, the passenger sun decks and pool areas. Sister company AWK will serve as coordinating architect, working closely with the Meyer Turku Shipyard and the design teams.

Jeffrey Beers International will create The Casino, multiple restaurants, bars, and lounges, while Dordoni Architetti will develop the gym, Japanese restaurant, and the new layout and interiors of all the ships' cabins, corridors and staircases.

Hospitality design specialists Rockwell Group will focus on designing the three-storey atrium, which will feature a café, bars and a performance space; several restaurants and bars; a theatre and nightclub; beach club and pool; a shore excursion office and gallery; and areas for children and teenagers.

Adam D. Tihany will oversee the development of the design and branding in his role as creative director.

“The theme ‘Italy's Finest' is an authentic celebration of Italian design, culture and spirit," said Tihany. "The team of outstanding architects and designers we invited to be a part of this project bring a level of innovation and passion that will no doubt capture the essence of the new Costa brand."

Costa’s new 180,000gt, 6,600-passenger ships will be two of the first in the cruise industry to be powered by LNG fuel. They will be built by Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Monday, October 3, 2016