Jozeph Forakis presents the world’s first 3D printed superyacht
The 88m vessel, titled 'PEGASUS', will be made using robotic LFAM to create a mesh framework integrating both the hull and superstructure
Jozeph Forakis, a world-renowned designer, has just presented his latest PEGASUS project – an 88m long, solar-electric/hydrogen hybrid-powered, 3D printed superyacht with reflective ‘solar wings’. Conceived on a beach on Koufonissi island, in Greece – the superyacht was designed to fit seamlessly into nature, and become almost invisible when on the water.
After in-depth research, Jozeph Forakis and his team composed a symphony of advanced technologies (existing and currently in development) that would be capable of achieving unprecedented levels of sustainably, range, and structural integrity.
To construct the superyacht, engineers will make use of robotic LFAM to create a mesh framework – integrating both hull and superstructure. The result of which is an extraordinarily strong and lightweight structure that can be produced using less energy, material, waste, space, and time compared to conventional construction methods.
The unique exterior starts with a low, linear hull with a plumb bow and silvery metallic finish, which blends with the water’s colors and movements. This foundation at the waterline supports the superstructure with multi-tiered, ephemeral glass wings that reflect the clouds and the sky.
The centerpiece of the futuristic interior design is the multi-level ‘Tree of Life’ – a living, breathing monument of nature, and the nucleus of the hydroponic garden that provides fresh food and air purification. The base of the tree emerges from a reflecting pool on the lower deck and is surrounded by the hydroponic and meditation ‘Zen Garden’. The tree extends vertically thru all four levels and is accompanied by a sculptural spiral staircase.
The top level, which is exclusive to the owner, has a forward-facing master suite featuring a large private terrace. The forward pool club has an aquarium-style lap pool and expansive horizontal windows that transform into open balconies, port, and starboard. The open beach club, with fold-down balconies, transforms into an enclosed solarium with sliding glass panels across the ceiling and down the transom bulkhead.
When operating, PEGASUS will reportedly produce zero carbon emissions and will have a virtually unlimited range, as solar energy will be used to convert seawater into hydrogen – stored for longer periods in onboard fuel cells that convert the hydrogen into electricity – stored short-term in Li-ion batteries. Thanks to this energy efficiency, the theme of ‘invisibility’ translates not only to the aesthetic of the superyacht, but also to its impact on the environment.