On board Heesen's 60m lunar-themed Lusine 

With customisations down to the finest detail, Heesen's lunar-themed 60 metre Lusine offers a vision of the future, says Caroline White.

"Well, you can't just buy a piece of the moon," says Paul Costerus, senior yacht designer and partner at Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design, matter of factly. "The pieces brought back by the Apollo missions are owned by federal governments. What you can buy are moon meteors..." You might not expect a conversation about a Heesen to begin with buying pieces of the moon to decorate a coffee table, but this is a yacht with plenty of eccentricities, a staggering level of customisation, and a design and build team who achieved it all with the same unflappable pragmatism that Costerus displays.

Aside from its successful range of five 50-metre-plus series platforms, Heesen offers two custom approaches: clients can start from a blank sheet of paper, or they can start from one of the Dutch yard's concept designs. Ceres is one such design - a new steel 60 metre with a Van Oossanen Fast-Displacement Hull Form. It appealed to one Middle Eastern client, and the process of fashioning the concept into his own vision began. The yard design team and Frank Laupman, founder of Omega Architects, together reviewed the exterior and layout in detail, effectively redesigning the whole vessel.

Perfectly positioned to work these changes into stylish exterior lines, Laupman had a long-standing relationship with the yard. Laupman studied architecture and city planning at Eindhoven University of Technology and developed his industrial design expertise in different managerial positions. He guest-lectures at the Delft University of Technology.

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