From transportation to an experience out of the ordinary
Solarferry is an electric, solar-powered ferry, created to transport tourists and leisure type users along the banks of Lake of Tunis. The Norwegian based research organisation SINTEF invited EGGS as design partner in the project "Solar Fuelled Electric Maritime Mobility." The project has received a UN grant and seeks to demonstrate the feasibility and the social, economic, and environmental benefits of solar-fuelled electric boat transport in Tunisia and the wider region. The ferry, apart from being an environmentally friendly transport alternative, should be a memorable experience for the passengers. With this in mind, we created a modern, flexible, and visually enchanting interior- and exterior design for Solarferry.
Designing the experience
An essential part of the design of the interior of the ferry was to create a feeling of sophistication, lounging, relaxation, and at the same time, a memorable experience. To create this feeling, we put a lot of energy into the choice of CMF (colours, materials, and finish). By mixing Scandinavian simplicity and minimalism with traditional Tunisian styles as patterns, we created a unique and visually pleasing look. A lot of thought was also put behind the lighting to create the right atmosphere, both daytime, and nighttime.
The real deal
To ensure meeting all specifications regarding access, space, flexibility, and amenities, the layout was tested out in real life in 1:1 scale. This way, we were able to ensure that the layout was optimized to accommodate the flow of passengers as making sure that the so-called social zones were placed in the most appropriate places. Tunisian SCIN (Societe de Constructions Industrielles et Navales) is constructing and building the ferry, and it is expected to be ready for use and transporting passenger in the Spring of 2020.