Finnish shipping company Viking Line has selected Swedish architecture firm Koncept Stockholm to design the interiors of its new vessel, which is set to be delivered by 2020.
A ten-person team from Koncept Stockholm have already started working on the designing project, which is led by Niclas Makowsky and Ann Marie Ekroth.
The vessel is scheduled to travel from Turku, Finland via Åland to Stockholm, Sweden, upon delivery.
Makowsky said: “We are very proud to be chosen as architects and are now taking all our experience from exciting, successful projects for hotels, bars, spas and shops across the Nordic countries with us on-board this passenger vessel.
“We want to enhance the experience of travelling through some of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos by offering a range of rich and varied experiences on-board the vessel, inspired by marine life and the Nordic world.”
Viking Line’s new vessel will feature a length of 218m and is set to be able to carry 63,000t of cargo.
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Additionally, it will be able to accommodate 2,800 passengers and include 1,500m-long cargo lanes.
The vessel is currently being built by Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry in China.
Viking Line president and CEO Jan Hanses said: “The choice was between a number of highly respected architecture firms, and Koncept Stockholm stood out with its attractive combination of Scandinavian simplicity and playfulness.
“It is also important to Viking Line that the architects contribute to an appealing travel experience that works for cruise passengers, families with children, conference guests and the substantial cargo traffic between the two countries.
"This is a challenge that we foresee Koncept Stockholm handling with a sense of flair and great skill.
“We have also taken into consideration our international guests, who perhaps have never before experienced archipelago scenery like ours, by taking a further step in prioritising views of the sea and archipelagos.”
Viking Line currently provides passenger, recreation and cargo carrier services on the northern Baltic Sea.