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08 February 2023
Making great leaps in design is what drives an industry forward and what gets potential clients’ appetites whetted. For designer Jozeph Forakis of joseph forakis … design, that leap has come in more ways than one: a jump straight from the well-received CL Yachts CLX96, which debuted at the Fort Lauderdale boat show last Autumn – his first yacht project – to a bold 88-metre superyacht design called Pegasus.
Envisioned for production by the end of the decade, the futuristic yacht throws several interesting spanners into the works, including a proposed 3D-printed skeleton, an onboard hydrogen production plant to deliver emission-free boating, and a central, multi-level ‘Tree of Life’ hydroponics column for organic, yacht-grown produce and all-natural air purification.
It comes at an interesting time in yacht design and development, as engine manufacturers look at how to transition their products away from fossil fuels and as yacht builders start exploring hydrogen fuel cells as an alternative to diesel generators.
“Now is the time for courageous leaps toward our collective sustainable future,” Forakis offers.
“Pegasus is a bold but achievable vision for the near future of the superyacht industry, where man and machine live in harmony with nature rather than competing or compromising it.”
Forakis’s futuristic yacht was conceived, he says, on a beach in Koufonissi Island, Greece. “I was inspired to create a yacht as close to the sea and nature as possible, made of clouds floating above the waterline,” he enthuses. “I wanted to honour nature by blending into it, becoming virtually invisible, both in design and in her environmental impact.”
Forakis and his team set about researching various technologies, both existing and in development, and then looked at how to combine them to create a project that achieved unprecedented levels of sustainability, structural integrity and range.
The frames of the design are proposed as a 3D-printed mesh framework skeleton integrating both hull and superstructure, and with additive manufacturing technologies already finding a firm foothold in the marine industry – albeit on a far smaller scale – it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility to imagine such a large structure being possible at some point in the future.
It could potentially result in a strong and lightweight structure that could be produced efficiently and with minimal waste material – and in a shortened timeframe – compared to conventional construction. Many current 3D-printing technologies also offer an inbuilt end-of-life solution as the materials are fully reusable and recyclable.
Pegasus would also feature a silvery metallic finish, conceived to blend like a chameleon with the colour and movement of the water. The slender, plumb bow hull would be topped by a tiered, glass structure that would reflect the clouds and sky. The design and the structure would allow light to penetrate deep within the yacht while framing, claims Forakis, remarkable views in all directions.
Just as remarkable would be the Tree of Life element rising in a column from a reflecting pool with Zen garden on the lower deck through four levels and bound by a sculptural spiral staircase.
Not only would it provide hydroponically grown fruit and vegetables, but the natural cycle of plants to scrub CO2 from the air and replace it with oxygen would create a natural purification system.
Plants form a theme throughout the rest of the interior too, in spacious guest saloons, the owner’s deck up top with forward-facing suite and large terrace, forward pool club with lap pool and balconies on both sides, and an open beach club aft with fold-down terraces.
The project would feature solar panels which would drive an electrolyser to extract hydrogen from seawater. This would in turn serve fuel cells, which would provide all power, for hotel and propulsion systems, on board.
“At jozeph forakis … design, our experience designing across many industries gives us unique exposure and perspective to various new technology and innovation verticals,” Forakis concludes.
“The aimed added value here is the design vision that guides the skilled selection, research, development, and transfer of several critical technologies from disparate industries that generally don’t communicate with each other to create a unique composition that helps fulfil that vision as a harmonious, original design.”