Superyacht Alice concept

Superyacht builders regularly release images and videos of Superyacht concepts indicating the direction their future designs will take | Source: Lürssen

Suspended Platforms and Onboard Piazzas: Groundbreaking Superyacht Concepts

Superyacht concept design is an exciting exercise in imagination with renowned shipyards and studios releasing digital sketches that give us even more reason to look forward to future builds.

Multiple swimming pools, floating platforms, massive glass structures and even waterfalls are ideas that designers like to throw around and with advancements in marine architectural technology making these audacious plans more feasible, it is an exciting time to be in the superyacht industry.

Some of these concepts make use of emission-lowering propulsion systems to limit their impact on the environment and enhance the onboard experience. Others have done away with emissions producing propulsion altogether.

Here are some of the very best.

Merveille 253W – Merveille Yachting

Merveille 253W concept is a sail-assisted, 77-metre monohull, using underwater turbines to charge her batteries whilst she is moving. There is no rigging and unfurling is completely automatic, propulsion using wind and solar power to help the vessel achieve a theoretical unlimited range.

An inspired deck layout means this yacht is truly something special, featuring a forward-facing master suite where the wheelhouse is typically situated and a hidden swimming pool on the foredeck.

Merveille 253W superyacht concept
Source: Merveille Yachting

The AYRO WING propulsion system means that there is no energy wasted. Combined with the turbines, solar panels generate electricity to charge her batteries and power the onboard amenities. The Oceanwings can rotate 360 degrees and propel the vessel with wind from the bow or stern, the design earning an Approval in Principle (AiP) from DNV GL, the world’s leading classification society.

Source: Merveille Yachting

This noble superyacht concept aims to use sustainable, local, and eco-friendly materials in construction to limit its impact on the environment. Ventilation is one of the key factors that Merveille Yachting have considered when drawing up the plans, and tubular structures and volumes have all been designed to favour a flow of fresh air from all directions.

Merveille 253W Superyacht concept
Source: Merveille Yachting

Alice – Lürssen

This visionary design by famous German shipyard Lürssen is inspired by the fairytale of Alice in Wonderland and includes one of the more unusual layouts of a main deck you will ever see. It is completely seperate from the cabins, which are situated on a floating platform above and almost entirely open to the fresh sea air.

Definitely one to keep to the calmer waters of the Mediterranean or Caribbean, the 98-metre vessel was designed with fun in mind. The superyacht concept includes plans for a serene outdoor garden at the bow and a beach club at the stern with plenty of deck space and seating in between.

Superyacht Lürssen Concept
Source: Lürssen

It runs entirely on fuel cells and is therefore emission-free. There is a helipad on the sun deck and a glass bottom swimming pool suspended between the fore and aft. The yacht’s designer, Jim Robert Sluijter, said many Lürssen customers said they did not get any use out of their main salon, so he decided to get rid of it completely, making room for whatever the owner desires. Options include a paddle tennis court or a semi-enclosed bar and dance floor.

Superyacht Concept Alice
Source: Lürssen

Kairos – Oceanco, Pininfarina and Lateral

When renowned Italian design studio Pininfarina and large custom yacht builder Oceanco collaborate on a superyacht concept, you know it is going to be something special. The name was inspired by the Ancient Greek word for time and is energised by possibility, celebration and the potential of the future.

KAIROS exemplifies how Oceanco is looking to the future through the integrated NXT approach to yacht design, tapping into the latest developments in technical and propulsion systems while also reflecting how our experience of living spaces is changing.

Oceanco
Kairos superyacht concept
Source: Oceanco

NXT is Oceanco’s collaborative initiative which is aimed at bringing talent from other industries to yacht building and Italian coach builder Pininfarina is one of Italy’s most renowned and respected custom automotive brands. The Kairos concept uses a hybrid diesel electric propulsion system powered by stored electricity to move the boat. Electricity is produced by highly efficient, low vibration diesel generators.

Superyacht Concept Kairos
Source: Oceanco

A central, three level piazza-style area is the focal point of Kairos. Pininfarina’s CEO Paolo Pininfarina said they wanted the asymmetrical space to feel like a multi-dimensional landscape where, “time, space and people connect to be one in the moment.”

Superyacht Concept Kairos
Source: Oceanco

Domus – Van Geest Design

This 39-metre trimaran from Dutch studio Van Geest Design is not short on interior space, with the concept centring around an ancient Roman-style central atrium surrounded by 789 square metres of cabins, salons and seating areas. An onboard cinema, gym, saloon, bar and a swimming pool complete this floating mansion and of course, there’s also a spa so you can relax like a real Roman.

Domus superyacht concept
Source: Van Geest Design

Van Geest claim the vessel will be the first truly zero emission superyacht over 750 gross tonnes and will use a combination of solar panels, hydro-regeneration technology and hydrogen fuel cells to achieve an unlimited range. An enormous mainsail is included in the design to provide further emissions-free propulsion.

Just because superyachts are what they are now, does not mean they should stay this way, we truly believe that this project will redefine what a multi-hull sailing superyacht can be.

Van Geest Design
Superyacht Concept Domus
Source: Van Geest Design

The trimaran hull design of Domus makes it able to more efficiently utilise wind power for propulsion and reduces roll and instability. According to Van Geest, guests on board will experience a level of comfort that they claim will be far superior to any sailing or motor monohull.

 Domus
Source: Van Geest Design

LyckaTillberg Design of Sweden and Nobiskrug

Blonde wood panelling and full length windows exemplify the clever design cues of this fantastic superyacht concept from TDoS and German Shipyard, Nobiskrug. Seventy-seven metre Lycka, meaning ‘happiness’ in Swedish, has a plumb bow, long waterline and less beam to allow it to move through the water faster.

Lycka superyacht concept
Source: Tillberg Design and Nobiskrug

A helipad on the foredeck means you will be able to embark and disembark easily, the concept focusing on wellbeing-enhancing amenities that are designed to be simple to access and easy to use.

Lycka has been purposefully designed for longevity – from the hull shape to the materials selection to the technical systems – to meet future demands as well as environmental regulations.

Daniel Nerhagen, Tillberg Design of Sweden.
Lycka
Source: Tillberg Design and Nobiskrug

Interiors are classic nordic-chic, a relaxing palette of pale timber panelling and white accents coupled with the floor-to-ceiling glass windows and open-plan design that makes you feel at one with your surroundings. Full length views of the ocean from a sheltered central salon and dining area make the Lycka concept an attractive one for potential buyers and there is a good chance that something similar in design to Lycka may well be built in the future.

 Lycka
Source: Tillberg Design and Nobiskrug

Phathom 60 – Phathom Design Studio

This 60-metre superyacht concept from Dutch firm Phantom Design Studio has a unique pool deck connecting directly to an aft swimming pool and a central glass atrium. It was designed for a client who wanted a smaller version of the studio’s debut 80-metre concept. You can store a 7-metre tender in the swimming pool and the bow features a split-level master suite with its own private terrace with swimming pool and waterfall.

Source: Phathom Design Studio

The sundeck conservatory is surrounded by UV protective glass, an alfresco galley for casual dining as well as a gym and spa. The bulwarks of the lower deck aft fold out to create more space, geometric exteriors make extensive use of glass “with the intention to impress,” said Phathom Design.

Phanthom
Source: Phathom Design Studio
 Phanthom
Source: Phathom Design Studio

Ada 60 Z – Uldas Yacht Design

One of just a few superyacht concepts to feature three swimming pools, this 60-metre plan from Turkish firm Uldas Yacht Design has a long waterline and enormous lower deck with a luxuriant beach club and waterfront lounge. The helipad is positioned on the upper deck which is unusual for a superyacht but means the space can be used for other purposes when vacant.

Ada 60 Z superyacht concept
Source: Uldas Yacht Design

There is a swimming pool on the lower deck aft, sun deck and the upper deck meaning there will be plenty of fun in the water for guests on the yacht. Interiors are pale wood offset by dark marble, with a penthouse-style master suite and private lounging nooks on both sides.

Ada 60 Z
Source: Uldas Yacht Design

Ada 60 Z will be powered by two 1,300 hp MTU engines and be able to reach a maximum of 15 knots. The bulwarks on either side of the beach club fold down for more space around the pool’s sofa seating. She will benefit from a very shallow draft of 2.5-metres which will come in very handy when cruising around shallow or unfamiliar waters.

 Ada 60 Z
Source: Uldas Yacht Design

Many of these concepts limit their emissions, reflecting a more sustainable future for yachting. With electric propulsion leading the way, take a look at some of the best electric boats that are in production right now.

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