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Towering Supreme Superyacht Concept

Published on July 13, 2016 by   ·   No Comments

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Back in 2011, tennis greats Agassi and Federer played a match 211-metres above sea level on the grass-covered helipad at the seven star Burj Al Arab.  Part of a publicity stunt for the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open, it’s still etched on many memories as being one of the most dazzling and dizzying sights in sporting history.  In the same vein, Italian yacht designer Gabriele Teruzzi has created a 150-metre concept yacht where the owner’s suite – complete with infinity swimming pool and bar – is set high above the rest of the boat.  Towering at almost 40 metres, it may not have the same 211-metre impact as the tennis, but it’s certainly a feat of engineering that will rock the superyacht world.

Gabriele explains the name (Shaddai) and the aim, “Shaddai means Omnipotent, so the yacht takes a name that corresponds perfectly to the main concept that I had in mind since the beginning.  To ascend from the ground has been a desire in human kind since the very beginning.  There are precious examples like the Tower of Babel, the Pyramids in Egypt and today in the magnificent skyscrapers, the wish to touch the clouds continue to be present in the most powerful minds.  The futuristic shape of the yacht is inspired by the most contemporary architecture.

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Tycoon yacht owners probably quite like the sense of power and superiority afforded by having their master suite and entertaining space 40 metres in the air, lording it over the ‘normal’ superyachts below.  And, supremacy aside, the views are unparallel from this vantage point, both from round the bar and within the infinity swimming pool which has a glass wall to frame the vistas.

Gabriele said, “From there he can reach the feeling of a higher power, surrounded by the immensity of the sea and sky, reaching the clouds where everything reflects his place in the world: at the top.  Furthermore, the infinity pool produces a visual effect of water with no boundary, merging with the sky.”

If you don’t want to add vertigo to possible kinetosis, there’s a sea-level alternative, a 300m² beach club with colourful aquarium and a glass ceiling looking straight into swimming pool número dos – make sure you’ve got your swimmers on so you don’t scare the folk sipping piña coladas on their sunloungers below.  A tumbling waterfall brings water from the upper deck pool down to this beach club, a backdrop of white noise to slumber peacefully to.  Meanwhile significant Italian fashion houses will be called upon to provide the soft interior design touches

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Sadly other details are scant.  It’s not clear how many cabins or crew Shaddai will accommodate, nor the type of engines she will have ‘under the bonnet’, but at 150 metres it’s clear that plenty can be packed in from cinemas to gymnasiums, tenders to Spas.  Shaddai will dethrone 147.25 metre Lürssen ‘Topaz’ as fifth largest superyacht in the world, nestling just behind fourth-largest 155 metre ‘Al Saïd’.  Lürssen’s 180 metre ‘Azzam’ currently occupies number one spot, but even she wouldn’t be able to match the height and drama of Shaddai

Gabriele said he had to think outside the box and turned to modern contemporary architecture to find inspiration for his design.  It’s the most adventurous concept he has ever created, and has certainly garnered the most media attention.  He now has to find a buyer bold enough to take it on and a shipyard skilled enough to take his drawings to fruition.  Asking price is said to be in the region of 344 million dollars – a small price to pay to have the highest (and most private) owner’s cabin and swimming pool on the superyacht scene.  Let’s hope he hasn’t forgotten to add an elevator to the design…

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