Jozeph Forakis' Invisible 88m 3D-printed 'Pegasus'

By Heather Collier

International designer Jozeph Forakis presents the visionary PEGASUS set for introduction in 2030.

The futuristic vessel was first conjured 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," Forakis says, "I wanted to honor nature by blending into it, becoming virtually invisible."

“Now is the time for courageous leaps toward our collective sustainable future. 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 and his team composed the perfect harmony of advanced technologies to achieve unprecedented levels of sustainably, range, and structural integrity.

Her construction uses robotic 3D printing to create a mesh framework integrating both hull and superstructure. The result is an extraordinarily strong and lightweight structure that can be produced using less energy, material, waste, space, and time compared to conventional construction.

The unique exterior design starts with a low, linear hull with a plumb bow and silverymetallic finish, which blends chameleon-like 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 dramatic triangulated structure allows light to penetrate all levels of the interior while framing the remarkable views in all directions.

The main feature of the futuristic interior design is the multi-level "Tree of Life" - a living, breathing monument to mother nature and the nucleus of the hydroponic garden providing 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 through all four levels accompanied by a sculptural spiral staircase.

Ample guest lounges showcase minimalist design and living nature, both inside - with living greenery and rich appointments skillfully integrated throughout - as well as outside with breath-taking panoramic views.

Exclusive to the owner, the top level boasts 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 on both port and starboard. When closed, the pool cover functions as the helipad.

At the aft of the ship, 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.

PEGASUS will produce zero carbon emissions and will have a virtually unlimited range. Solar energy is used to convert seawater into hydrogen which is stored for longer periods. Onboard fuel cells convert the H2 into electricity stored short-term in Li-ion batteries.

"Our experience designing across many industries gives us unique exposure and perspective to various new technology and innovation verticals," he adds.

"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 fulfill that vision as a harmonious, original design."

By Heather Collier