Celebrity Cruises has revealed the next dramatic feature on its newest ship, Celebrity Edge.
Spanning three decks of the ship with almost 7,000 square feet of glass, “Eden” is a unique venue with more outward-facing glass than any other room at sea. It is comprised of five main spaces: Eden (12,650 square feet); Eden Cafe (1,130 square feet); Eden Restaurant (3,660 square feet); Portside (1,937 square feet); and Starboard side (1,055 square feet).
Groups will be able to book the space, based on need and availability.
Fusing design, cuisine and entertainment, the space was created by Celebrity in partnership with Scott Butler, AIA,founding partner, Wilson Butler Architects; internationally-renowned designer Patricia Urquiola, founder of Studio Urquiola; and Variety Worldwide.
Like the Celebrity Edge, which launches December 2018, Eden is a game-changing space. Measuring 368,640 cubic feet it is bigger than the Hayden Planetarium in New York City and its area—12,650 square feet—is larger than the Van Gogh Museum atrium in Amsterdam.
“Eden, like so many aspects of Celebrity Edge, represents a unique advance in cruise ship design,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “It’s an experience that’s multi-faceted and innovative. Connectivity to the ocean is one of the most exciting hallmarks of the Edge Class, and with more glass than any other room at sea, Eden embodies that outward-facing concept beautifully.”
“Our search for partners who are as passionate about world-class design as Celebrity led us to the incredibly talented Scott Butler and designer extraordinaire Patricia Urquiola, who offered a fresh perspective and keen eye,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “The entire space is magical through morning, afternoon and evening when guests will experience Eve at Eden, an experience produced by the visionary Variety Worldwide and our very own Cornelius Gallagher. They have all created something magical and magnificent.”
Eden’s design by Scott Butler was was inspired by the golden spiral generated by the Fibonacci Sequence, which is represented in nature through the bloom of a rose or the curl of a snail’s shell. A 90-meter ramp envelopes the space, allowing guests to meander through it in a serpentine pattern.
“My goal was to create a connection to the sea in a space that will stir imaginations and leave lasting memories of the travel experience,” said Butler.
Urquiola designed some of the space’s key features, including the towering Library of Plants and the hanging plant pillars. “In working on Eden with Celebrity, I wanted to design a dynamic environment that changes from morning to night, so guests experience something new every time they visit,” she explained.