From royalty to the rich and famous – a yacht is deemed by all, as the ultimate status symbol of wealth. World-renowned designer Joseph Forakis had this notion in mind, when he came up with the concept of “Pegasus”- the world’s first 3D printed super yacht with reflective solar wings.
Whilst on a beach in Koufonissi island, Greece – he was inspired to create a yacht as close to the sea and nature as possible, made of clouds floating above the waterline, becoming virtually invisible, further elevating ones luxury sailing experience.
Boasting 88 metres in length, Pegasus’ exterior seamless lines are crafted with a silver-metallic finish and glass wings, camouflaging it within the water to reflect the surrounding sky and clouds.
According to the press release, on-board solar panels would harness solar energy to convert seawater into hydrogen, which would be stored in high-pressure tanks before being converted into electricity by fuel cells. With this mechanism, the designers claim the boat would have an infinite range and produce zero emissions. “Now is the time for courageous leaps toward our collective sustainable future,” Forakis added.
For the Italian designer, it wasn’t enough for the yacht to be just visually imperceptible, he also strived to ensure that its impact on the earth was inconspicuous. “[She’s] invisible both in design and in her environmental impact,” he said. With a goal to construct the yacht by 2030, the integrated hull and superstructure of the 288-foot vessel would be 3D printed—which can minimize construction waste—and would be powered by a collection of green energy sources. This unique and innovative design would ensure that both sustainability and luxury remain uncompromised.
Inside this invisible, zero emissions structure, the multilevel interior design would feature a “Tree of life” monument which was inspired by the movie ‘Avatar’ – paying homage to Mother Nature herself.
Starting from the base, this “living tree” would begin above a reflecting pool in the lower deck and extend vertically through the ship’s four levels. A sculptural spiral staircase stands adjacent, providing easy access across all levels.
In addition to this magnificent centerpiece, the yacht also houses a meditation zen garden, decadent lounges, an exclusive owner’s suite encompassing the entire top level, an aquarium-style lap pool, port and starboard spacious balconies, and a chic beach club with an oversized Jacuzzi. A minimalist aesthetic approach was emphasised in decor, to further tie in the theme of natural elements.
When this conceptionalist masterpiece is executed in 2030 it will truly be the most unique luxury yacht of it’s kind.
by Toni Maria