Wednesday, October 4, 2023

3D Printing Comes to Superyachts In the Super Sustainable Jozeph Forakis Pegasus


Internationally renowned designer Jozeph Forakis has brought his futuristic vision to the superyacht industry with his latest creation, the Pegasus 88m superyacht. The vessel is set to be the world’s first 3D-printed superyacht and will produce zero emissions while having an infinite range.

The Pegasus uperyacht is not only revolutionary in its technology but also in its design. Forakis aimed to create a yacht that would blend into nature, becoming virtually invisible both in design and in environmental impact. This futuristic concept was inspired by the desire to honor nature and to reduce the impact of luxury vessels on the environment.

The superyacht is composed of a mesh framework created through robotic 3D printing that integrates both hull and superstructure. This construction method results in an extraordinarily strong yet lightweight form that can be produced using less energy, material, waste, space, and time compared to conventional construction methods.

The unique exterior design of the superyacht is composed of a low, linear hull with a plumb bow and a silver-metallic finish that blends and camouflages with the water’s colors and motions. This foundation at the waterline supports the superstructure with multi-tiered, ephemeral glass wings that reflect the clouds and the sky. The lattice framework becomes visible through the reflective glass at certain angles and lighting conditions, making it seem like a shape-shifting vessel from the future.

Jozeph Forakis Pegasus 88m yacht
The Jozeph Forakis Pegasus 88m yacht is 3D printed | Courtesy

Stepping inside, the Pegasus superyacht features a multi-level ‘Tree of Life’ as the centerpiece of the futuristic interior. The hydroponic garden provides fresh food and air purification, while the reflecting pool on the lower deck and the hydroponic and meditation ‘Zen Garden’ surround the base of the tree. The tree extends vertically through all four levels accompanied by a sculptural spiral staircase.

The Pegasus superyacht also features spacious guest lounges that showcase the harmonious balance of minimalist design and nature, both inside and outside, with uninterrupted views in all directions and copious daylight penetrating to the core. The top level remains exclusive to the owner, with a forward-facing master-suite featuring a large private terrace.

At the front of the superyacht, Forakis completes the pool club with an aquarium-style lap pool and expansive horizontal windows that transform into open balconies on both port and starboard. When closed, the pool cover functions as a helipad. At the rear aft, the open beach club with an oversized jacuzzi and fold-down balconies transforms into an enclosed solarium with sliding glass panels across the ceiling and down the transom bulkhead.

The Pegasus superyacht is not just a stunning design but also a technological marvel. The vessel is a solar-electric and hydrogen hybrid, using solar energy to convert seawater into hydrogen, which is stored for longer periods. Onboard fuel cells convert the H2 into electricity, which is stored short-term in Li-ion batteries. Ultimately, the superyacht will produce zero carbon emissions and will boast a virtually unlimited range.

Forakis’ futuristic vision for the Pegasus superyacht is a step towards a more sustainable and eco-friendly future for the superyacht industry and proof that luxury and sustainability can coexist, and it will undoubtedly inspire the superyacht industry to take a more sustainable approach to yacht design and construction.

Monaco Responsible Yachting
Courtesy Tom Wheatley | Unsplash

Sustainable yachts are quickly becoming the norm as increasing awareness of climate change and the impact of human activities on the environment emphasize the urgent need for the luxury yacht industry to embrace sustainable solutions.

According to Boat International, the luxury yacht industry is seeing more yacht owners demand eco-friendly yachts, and more designers are incorporating sustainable features into their designs.

Forakis is not the only designer to create a sustainable superyacht. Other designers, such as Espen Oeino and Philippe Briand, are also incorporating eco-friendly features into their yacht designs. Oeino’s 117m megayacht REV is the world’s largest superyacht and is designed to run on hydrogen fuel cells. Meanwhile, Briand’s SY 300 is a 90m sailing yacht that features a hybrid propulsion system.

Sustainable yachts are not just good for the environment; they are also good for business. According to a report by the Monaco Yacht Show, “sustainable solutions, eco-design, and the use of new materials are at the heart of the yacht buyer’s expectations.”

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