Marc Lombard shared a delivery with Mike Birch in 1978 after the latter won the Route du Rhum on his little yellow trimaran designed by Walter Green. Mike offered him an end-of-study internship in the American shipyard. A godsend and an incredible experience that will forge Marc Lombard's know-how. Sailing passionate and graduate from the University of Southampton, he decides to start his own design office in 1982 to design racing boats in La Rochelle.
“At the end, the job of an architect is to implement an object, a habitat so that it fulfills a certain function. The function can change, but you have to adapt the design to what you want it to do. It works the same way for a 6000 passenger cruise ship than for a sailboat.”
Racing sailing boats, cruising sailing yachts, motorboats… mass production or one-off. Our design office provides its experience and creativity at the service of sailors around the world in order to design with passion, sustainable and efficient projects.
“For the regattas,, we focus on the performance. For the sailing cruise, we work on habitability, interior architecture, the costs, the design, friendliness and layout for life on board. For motorboats, we prioritize performance, consumption and environmental impact ; there are also common aspects to sailing boats, but approached from another angle.”
The particularity of the Marc Lombard design office, is the transversality. There are dedicated project managers, and everyone interacts in the projects : structural engineers, CFD calculation engineers, designers, 2D/3D modelers, architects and designers.
“Within the office, there are mainly people who come from an engineering school or a school of architecture. But especially people who know the boats. I'm not able to draw a car, but I know how to draw boats because I know them. There is a culture to implement, you have to navigate and be passionate, otherwise we make bad decisions.”