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2020

GOOD DESIGN|グッドデザイン・ベスト100

Award-winning item
High-speed vessel [SEA SPICA]
Business Owner
Setouchi Shimatabi Corporation
Category
Railway, Shipping, Aircraft
Company
Setouchisimatabicorporation (Japan)
Award Number
20G130851
Outline of Good Design Award winners
Outline of Good Design Award winners 2020

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Outline

To make the Setouchi region a large touring area that visitors are enticed to return to, JR West and the Setonaikaikisen Group are in the midst of developing an innovative high-speed cruiser. So that many visitors can enjoy the experience of the beautiful island sites. Window seats pairings are slightly angled towards the window and have low backrests to offer unobstructed views of the ocean.

Producer

Setonaikaikisen group + JR-West group

Director

Yasuyuki KAWANISHI, ICHIBANSEN Co., Ltd.

Designer

Yasuyuki KAWANISHI, Minami OKITSU, ICHIBANSEN Co., Ltd.

デザイナー 川西 康之, 興津みなみ

More information

http://setonaikaikisen.co.jp/simatabi/

Already in service/use
2020/8/20

Evaluation

Despite the presence of several large cities in the surrounding area, the Seto Inland Sea—said to be the world’s most beautiful multi-island sea—has not, until now, had a high-speed cruise ship that served as a means of transport between most of its islands, while also allowing tourists to fully enjoy the charms of this area while relaxing on board. This vessel is a successful example of how to create a new kind of ship, using the power of design to overcome various constraints, including a size small enough to be able to berth at the ports of even the smaller islands, sufficient seats to be able to turn a profit, and a cruising speed enabling it to serve as a fast link between islands. The form expressing elegance and speed is also superb, with curves skillfully used on the twin hulls of this catamaran (a type of vessel renowned for being difficult to design).

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