Tetrahedron Super Yacht Can 'Levitate'

By Aiswarya Lakshmi
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Image: Jonathan Schwinge

 London-based architect Jonathan Schwinge designed the pyramid-shaped yacht called the Tetrahedron Super Yacht. 

 
Billed as aviation on the sea, the radical concept from a London-based architect flips traditional yacht design on its head with a complete rethink.
 
The futuristic vessel, called Tetrahedron Super Yacht, ‘levitates’ thanks to a vertical strut attached to a submerged torpedo-shaped hull, but it retains all of the luxuries one would expect on a multimillion-pound ship. 
 
According to the official website of architect Jonathan Schwinge, the pyramid-shaped vessel would consist of four faces and six leading edges, all designed around a single vertical strut on a submerged torpedo hull.
 
One of the main goals for the design is stability. At rest or at low speed, the vessel will stay close to the water with the torpedo hull drawn close. On the other hand, the Tetrahedron Super Yacht would rise out of the water as speed increases, allowing the torpedo hull and side-mounted adjustable hydrofoils to keep the vessel steady even rough waters.
 
"The design is instigated by the rethinking of the form, superstructure and propulsion of the modern superyacht into a radically simple enclosure and an elevated mode of travel above the water line," said Schwinge in a statement. 
 
It's based off a HYSWAS (Hydrofoil Small Waterplane Area Ship) system similar to what's been developed by the naval architects at U.S.-based Maritime Applied Physics Corporation. In other words, it just might fly—or float, or whatever.
 
  • Image:  Jonathan Schwinge

    Image: Jonathan Schwinge

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