Grand designs: The Most Extreme Superyacht Concepts in the World

Bolla

Designed by Italian studio BFMV, Bolla is a 65 metre superyacht concept that won bronze in the yacht and marine vessels category at the 2015 A’Design Awards. The designers’ aim to connect the air and the water inspired both the striking spherical bubble in the centre of the symmetrical superstructure and the name (which means ‘bubble’ in Italian).

Bolla would feature a dive centre and an on-board vegetable garden to further enhance the yacht’s close affinity with nature. BFMV also has plans for a custom superyacht tender that would closely mirror the design of the mothership.

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Hareide Design 108m concept

With its 108 metre concept, Norwegian studio Hareide Design has sought to shift the emphasis from admiring the interiors to enjoying the surroundings.

As a result, this wild superyacht concept includes a seamless transition to the water with the gently sloping transom, as well as a multifunctional grand hall that provides uninterrupted views.

Black Swan

Turkish designer Timur Bozca is the brains behind this sinister-looking superyacht concept, which shuns convention and embraces dark tones through its minimalist interior.

At 70 metres LOA, Black Swan is designed around its helipad, from which guests can descend into the interior via a concealed lift. Plenty of al fresco relaxation space is provided by the extended aft deck, complete with 12 sunloungers and an infinity pool, while two forward balconies provide unobstructed views out to sea.

Triangular hull windows help to illuminate the interior, which includes accommodation for up to 12, split across a master suite and six guest cabins. Based in the Turkish coastal town of Kas, Timur Bozca leapt to prominence last year by winning the Young Designer of the Year Award at the ShowBoats Design Awards 2015. His entry, Project Cauta, was a 55 metre ketch design.

Shaddai

Inspired by the growing trend for spectacular superyacht pools, Shaddai is a 150 metre concept by Gabriele Teruzzi that gives the owner the best view in the house.

The dramatic superstructure includes a master suite and 105 square metre beach club suspended 38 metres above the main aft deck. And with such a commanding position, it’s easy to see why the concept has been named after the Hebrew word for omnipotence.

Tropical Island Paradise

The team at Yacht Island Design were tasked with creating an idyllic, island getaway — but on a yacht. The result is known as Tropical Island Paradise.

The huge exterior main deck includes some of the features of a tropical island paradise, including a huge swimming pool, cabanas and a bar. But the standout feature is the volcano, with a waterfall that runs down into the swimming pool. The two-deck owner's suite is cut into the side of the volcano, with views out across the bow from behind the waterfall.

The sculpted wave form of the yacht hides a large aft deck with helicopter landing pad. Also hidden from view is the huge deployable beach deck, which folds down from the stern to create an area for sea level relaxation. Perfect for private island owners who always wished they could take their island home with them.

Tetra

Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, but the Tetrahedron superyacht does fly. If your first thought is, “That’ll never get built,” think again. Designs for Tetrahedron have been around for a while, but its designer, Jonathan Schwinge, is looking to forge a partnership to build the wild yacht design with a big German yard.

At rest, or low speeds, the carbon fibre Tetra is effectively a trimaran, floating on three underbelly hulls. At speed, it rises on foils jutting out of a torpedo hull, allowing it to 'fly' at speeds of up to 38 knots. It works, too, as it’s based on an existing hull design by the Maritime Applied Physics Corporation in the US. Despite measuring just 21.6 metres, its unusual shape still guarantees lots of volume, providing accommodation for six guests and four crew.

CF8

The CF8 Future is an 80 metre superyacht concept from Dutch studio Sea Level Yacht Design. CF8 stands for ‘Cars and Family in 80 metres’. Part yacht, part car showroom, the CF8 can accommodate a car collection for passers by to admire. Large centerline structures support the decks — this allows the yacht to be wrapped in a glass skin that welcomes light into the voluminous interiors.

Star

A yacht shaped like the top half of a star, this concept was designed by Lobanov Design and with naval architecture from BMT Nigel Gee.

This aptly-named 132 metre yacht, Star, is taller than many yachts are long, measuring nearly 60 metres from the water to the top of the point. Unless you enjoy being hauled up the mast of your sailing yacht, views from the observation platform are unparalleled.

Four lifts provide access across eight decks, perfect for party loving guests who can enjoy views from the top of the tip or from the underwater viewing area without running out of steam before they get there.

Jazz

Architect Zaha Hadid is well known for jazzing things up. Among a family of concepts developed for Blohm+Voss is a 90 metre concept she named Jazz. Structural supports have been moved outward to open up the interior to palatial spaces.

This thought-provoking design pushes the interaction between inside and outside to the extreme, and the fluid form recalls the shapes of marine creatures.

This prototype is applicable in a variety of pre-engineered platforms using as much or as little of the concept’s principles as desired. The external supports free up the interior for huge, unbroken spaces, a principle that Hadid has applied in many of her building towers.

The Streets of Monaco

Yacht Island Design has created this** **155 metre SWATH vessel concept known as The Streets of Monaco. Naval architecture courtesy of British firm BMT Nigel Gee. The design features some of the famous landmarks from the Mediterranean principality, including the Hotel de Paris and the Casino on the upper deck.

One of the most ambitious concepts yet, The Streets of Monaco has a fully functional go-kart track based on the famous grand prix circuit. Guests will be able to race like an F1 driver through the tunnel, past the swimming pool and try not to crash going round La Rascasse.

The Grand Atrium acts as the central hub of the yacht, linking the various living areas. An ornate spiral superyacht staircase is the focal point, sweeping around a waterfall feature that is supplied by a glass bottomed fountain from the garden above.

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