MILAN, Italy — A jaw-dropping new superyacht design is turning heads around the world — mainly because you can’t really see it, or at least you’re not supposed to. The 88m Pegasus features mirrored glass to reflect sky, clouds, and the surrounding environment, making it virtually invisible to the naked eye. Designer Jozeph Forakis says his concept would be the world’s first 3D-printed vessel and “invisible both in design and in her environmental impact.”
Reflective “Solar Wings” would provide solar-electric power in tandem with a hydrogen hybrid source. The glass of the superstructure incorporates transparent solar panels to power electrolyzers extracting hydrogen from seawater. Fuel cells convert hydrogen to electricity stored in lithium-ion batteries for powering the ship’s azimuth pods (thrusters on the bottom of the boat), and all operating and hotel systems.
The theme of zero emissions is also on display in a multi-level “Tree of Life” hydroponic garden, providing fresh food and air purification for its passengers.The interior of the yacht features four levels connected by a sculptural spiral staircase.
There is a spacious guest lounge showcasing minimalist design and living nature, both inside — with living greenery — as well as outside with uninterrupted views in all directions.The top level is exclusive to the ship’s owner, with a forward-facing master suite featuring a large private terrace.
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The forward pool club has an aquarium-style lap pool and expansive horizontal windows that transform into open balconies on both port and starboard sides. When closed, the pool cover functions as the helipad — because if you own an invisible yacht, of course you own a helicopter too!
At the aft of the ship, the open beach club with an oversized jacuzzi and fold-down balconies transform into an enclosed solarium with sliding glass panels across the ceiling and down the transom bulkhead. The Superyacht’s construction would use robotic 3D printing to create a mesh framework integrating both hull and superstructure.
The result would be an extraordinarily strong and lightweight structure that the designer says can be produced using less energy, material, waste, space, and time compared to conventional ship construction methods. The futuristic yacht began as an idea on a beach in the islands of Greece.
“I was inspired to create a yacht as close to the sea and nature as possible, made of clouds floating above the waterline,” Forakis explains in a statement provided by SWNS. “I wanted to honor nature by blending into it, becoming virtually invisible.”
“Now is the time for courageous leaps toward our collective sustainable future,” Forakis tells SWNS. “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.”
Although there is no price tag at the moment, the design of the Pegasus is ready to show to interested shipyards and could enter production by 2030.
Report by Dean Murray, South West News Service