Naval design by Naval Group


More than 400 years of history have shaped today’s naval design. Over the decades, new technologies and new concepts of use have profoundly transformed the external and internal architecture of our ships. The Naval Group Design Lab team invites us to penetrate the mysteries of our naval laboratory, where the vison of the future by Naval Group is taking shape.

The Naval Group Design Lab

« Our team of industrial designers guides the development of new Naval Group products and services. It is involved from the preliminary research phases up to the detailed design studies in order to put forward exploratory concepts, outlines of the technological and maritime future. » Laurent Elie, Naval Group Designer.

Laurent Elie, designer chez DCNS

The creative approach

An ambition guides the Naval Group Design Lab team: to provide, at the end of a methodical creative process, the design response best suited to the uses of our customer navies.

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A new design is the fruit of joint creative work between architects, marketers and designers, originating in confrontation between new uses, new trends, different cultural approaches and constancy of performance obligations in order to identify various lines of research.

The functional principles and graphic proposals become formalised through this design work.

3D models, computer-generated images and mock-ups crystallise the exploratory concept identified in agreement with the design teams.

  • Design in 3Dimensions

    The DCNS Design Lab approaches design in all its aspects, from external design to the operational rooms via the living quarters, for an optimised operational experience at the service of increased performance.
  • External design: refined lines at the service of complex technology

    DCNS design emphasises our concepts of use, the performance of our ships and the identity of a brand with a history marked by outstanding vessels, from the frigate La Fayette to the Le Triomphant-class nuclear ballistic missile submarine.
  • External design: refined lines at the service of complex technology

    By working on the simplification and the formal harmonisation of the ship, we translate the optimum management of the technology it embarks. Convinced that a well-integrated system demonstrates well-managed technology, we raise design to the rank of vector of innovation for the architecture of our products.
  • Operational rooms: improve the user experience

    The user is at the centre of our thinking. Completed and future actions on the perceived quality of the rooms and equipment significantly improve the user experience.
    Through particularly careful definition of simple, intuitive utilisation consistent with the new operational uses and challenges of tomorrow, design contributes to the added value of technical innovation by making it intelligible and usable while stressing its effectiveness and its reliability.
  • Operational rooms: improve the user experience

    Issues relating to cramped spaces, in sometimes anxiety-provoking situations, are specific to the naval field. Design examines this in order to contribute to answers in terms of layout, ergonomics, choice of materials and interior ambiences.
  • Living quarters: ensure the operational effectiveness of the crew over time

    Our team adapts the configuration of our ships to the procedures and customs of our customers, in a cultural approach to customise the fit-out to their ways of life and their needs. The introduction of female crew members on board is a new issue to which design must provide solutions in terms of living in close quarters.

Naval Group concept ships: reservoirs of innovation

Architectural mirrors of the naval ambitions of our customers, concept ships prefigure the ship of tomorrow and explore new technological building blocks. Translating the onboard intelligence, robustness and stealth of our ships, design magnifies their operational performance.

Naval Group reveals the SMX®-Ocean.

Naval Group reveals XWIND® 4000.


The Naval Group conceptships until 2006

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