The Scarlet Lady cruise ship

Amsterdam, Netherlands

In addition to proudly presenting an extravagant project featuring architecture, multiple bars and restaurants, a gym, a running track, two pools, a 360-degree lookout, the biggest sunbed in the world, and more… concrete is most proud of designing their first-ever traveling project: The Scarlet Lady cruise ship for Virgin Voyages.

Scarlet Lady is ready for her guests to arrive and will soon set sail in the Caribbean. Three additional ships will follow the same blueprint; the second, called Valliant Lady, is almost ready to explore the Mediterranean.

Concrete completely changed the blueprint of traditional cruise ships by adding an actual running track and a two-story F&B pavilion as the beating heart of the Aquatic Club. The red loop floats elegantly over the upper deck and functions not just as a promenade, but also as a visual connection between the Perch at the very top of the ship and the Athletic & Aquatic Club on the decks below. It is the perfect spot to see and be seen. 

“Scarlet Lady is set to make waves, challenge preconceptions, and possibly make cruising cool.”

—— quote from an article about Virgin Voyages from Wallpaper*

The Scarlet Lady cruise ship ©2019 virgin voyages
The Scarlet Lady cruise ship ©2019 virgin voyages

Athletic Club

Designed with the aesthetic of athletic social clubs of the past, our club incorporates not just an active Training Camp room and boxing classes, but also a basketball court and cold-pressed juice bar. The best of both wellness worlds just a few feet apart. The Athletic Club is where activity meets leisure, and sweat and support mingle. The club extends across both sides of the aft of the ship as an active outdoor lounge and adult playground. Topped by a sundeck, it features the largest daybed at sea as the perfect place on board to sunbathe or gaze at the stars.

 Athletic Club ©2019 virgin voyages
Athletic Club ©2019 virgin voyages

Aquatic Club

With smooth curves and nautical details, the pool deck has the sophisticated glam of a contemporary superyacht. Whether you’re looking for mornings spent sunbathing on one of the daybeds, or letting last night’s choices fade away as you glide through the water — the pool club is a serene space for ultimate relaxation.

Pool entrance to the aquatic club pool ©2019 virgin voyages
Pool entrance to the aquatic club pool ©2019 virgin voyages
Aquatic Club ©2019 virgin voyages
Aquatic Club ©2019 virgin voyages

Runway or running track

The signature, Virgin-red running track floats over the upper decks of the ship inviting passengers to sprint, skate, or stroll whilst enjoying the best view over the ocean and the ship alike. It is an iconic and unique showstopper, worth changing the blueprint of the ship to make it happen. The luminous graphics will guide your athletic self day and night, and you might catch a glimpse of the all-night party on the crew deck. 

Runway ©2019 virgin voyages
Runway ©2019 virgin voyages

Gym & Tonic

After working up a sweat or standing around thinking about maybe, possibly picking up the weights, restore yourself by taking a dip in the Wellbeing Pool. More details on the Wellbeing area will soon be revealed!

Gym & Tonic ©2019 virgin voyages
Gym & Tonic ©2019 virgin voyages

B Complex Gym

The Gym is divided into two parts to the port side and starboard side of the Gym &Tonic area. The starboard side part offers all you need if you are a workout fanatic and into speed. These spaces are held in cool dark blue and black, the perfect backdrop for all these trained bodies lit in theatrical light. The portside part offers all you need to reveal your inner peace. These light spaces are held in shades of off-white all featuring stunning ocean views.

B Complex Gym ©2019 virgin voyages
B Complex Gym ©2019 virgin voyages
B Complex Gym ©2019 virgin voyages
B Complex Gym ©2019 virgin voyages

The Perch

Enjoy 360-degree views over the ocean, whilst an extensive red, translucent sunshade protects you from the Caribbean sun and golden bucket showers are available to cool you down quickly with a refreshing splash. The place for yoga, meditation, and stretching, or simply to escape the crowds and treat yourself to the most gorgeous ocean backdrop.

The Perch ©2019 virgin voyages
The Perch ©2019 virgin voyages

Restaurant Razzle Dazzle – deck 5

This restaurant offers creative surprises inspired by classic comfort foods. The bold interior is based on dazzle camouflage -a type of ship camouflage used extensively in World War I- based on the ability to blend in by standing out. The disruptive pattern is literally covering everything: at the walls and floors it is brought back in diagonally layouts black and white rubber stripes, in the room dividers the pattern is build up in black powdered steel structures, and even the wooden tables in the center of the restaurant follow the diagonal pattern. 

Restaurant Razzle Dazzle ©2019 virgin voyages
Restaurant Razzle Dazzle ©2019 virgin voyages

Restaurant Test Kitchen – Deck 6

Inspired by Escoffier’s Ma Cuisine, this laboratory-like restaurant is educational, experiential, and social. Hosting cooking classes and evolving tasting menus, this place is for the curious boundary-pushing foodies on board, one part cooking school, and one part restaurant.

Restaurant Test Kitchen ©2019 virgin voyages
Restaurant Test Kitchen ©2019 virgin voyages

The Test Kitchen restaurant has an eye-catching entryway with a light fixture showing images of herbs and spices that mimic the periodic table. The laboratory-like environment is accented by metallic furniture with greenish leather upholstery, sleek clean lines, custom made metallic open cupboards, and custom made fridges stocked up with storage and a finishing touch of beakers, test tubes, and volumetric flasks in them. The heart of the space forms the 2 live kitchens with bar seatings all around them.

Scarlet Lady is ready for her guests to arrive and will soon set sail in the Caribbean. Three additional ships will follow the same blueprint; the second, called Valliant Lady, is almost ready to explore the Mediterranean.

Cabanas ©2019 virgin voyages
Cabanas ©2019 virgin voyages
Cabanas ©2019 virgin voyages
Cabanas ©2019 virgin voyages

Project drawings

Deck plans ©2019 Concrete
Deck plans ©2019 Concrete
Deck 5 plan ©2019 Concrete
Deck 5 plan ©2019 Concrete
Deck 6 plan ©2019 Concrete
Deck 6 plan ©2019 Concrete
Overview upperdecks ©2019 Concrete
Overview upperdecks ©2019 Concrete
B-complex gym plan ©2019 Concrete
B-complex gym plan ©2019 Concrete
Gym & Tonic/aquatic club plan ©2019 Concrete
Gym & Tonic/aquatic club plan ©2019 Concrete

Project information

Clientvirgin voyages
Project architectRob Wagemans, Lisa Hassanzadeh, Kasia Heyerman
Architect shipGEM – Design for Cruise Ships Contractor: Fincantieri
Lighting consultantl’observatoire NYC, LIQ London
Concrete designed area6280 m2 + 380m2 razzle dazzle + 410m2 test kitchen
Duration construction5 years

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