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Another world, another Galaxy

The design transformation of the 56m superyacht Galaxy

Buying a pre-owned superyacht at an attractive price can open up tremendous opportunities to put your own personal design stamp on a yacht in a radical way.

And so it came to pass that when the 56m Galaxy was sold by Burgess to her new owner, he was keen to revitalise the yacht and embarked on an ambitious transformation project that fully remodelled the vessel into a completely different yacht.

Designer Oliver Stirling was commissioned to entirely restyle the interior and bring the owner’s innovative brief to life. With a view to creating new uplifting, functional and multipurpose spaces, the entire interior was renewed to create a fresh, minimalist modern environment with a unique aesthetic.  

A core palette of stainless steel, glass, white marmorino and ivory leather was selected to harmonise with white onyx, striking black agate and palisander veneer. Richly textured monochromatic fabrics were applied to contemporary bespoke furniture, blinds and panelling, while pale silky carpets were chosen to round off the luxury finish. Contrasting punches of primary colour were reserved for details such as cushions and items of decoration.

The new-look Galaxy was further enhanced with statement pieces from the owner’s 20th-century modern art collection, including several Basquiats, a La Chapelle and a Warhol, adding a cutting-edge appeal to the soothing contemporary environment.


Galaxy’s transformation extended outdoors to include new backlit dining tables, state-of-the-art lighting and portable JBL sound system, while capping rails and teak decks were finished in Semco for an understated matte finish.

At the entrance to the main saloon, a stunning new internally lit white onyx bar complete with a huge 2m champagne bath was installed. Comfortable seating alcoves to port and starboard were provided with new matching sofa groups and leather pouffes over which glass and palisander coffee tables slide. Moving forward, a striking pièce de résistance backlit agate wall creates a dramatic backdrop to the new palisander, glass and stainless steel formal dining table lit by a contemporary crystal chandelier overhead.

In the full-beam duplex master suite with observation lounge natural light floods the cabin from the huge hullside windows where custom-made Le Corbusier-inspired leather chaises longues are positioned in alcoves offering wonderful views out to sea. The observation lounge was completely reconceived with comfortable relaxation chairs and a huge elevated daybed from which 180° views across the bow can be enjoyed, while the area also converts into a personal cinema with a vast pop-up flatscreen TV and audiophile sound system.

The upper deck saloon, which also serves as a cinema lounge or media room was radically reconfigured to create a relaxing space with a cool funky vibe for informal gatherings. Deep white sofas, large rotating leather chairs, a bar and an 80in TV concealed behind a leather-wrapped cabinet with overhead surround sound make this a favourite area with guests. An indoor/outdoor dining area with semicircular floor-to-ceiling sliding glass panels is located aft and offers a spectacular setting for dining with a view.

By the end of the refit, Galaxy’s interior was completely unrecognisable, demonstrating that with vision and imagination and a professional project team on hand, a pre-owned yacht offers endless scope for creating a yacht with an entirely new identity.


Galaxy is now offered for sale again by Burgess as Worldwide Central Agents with an asking price of $26,900,000. The yacht is also available for charter in the Mediterranean during summer 2016 with weekly rates starting at €249,000.

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