On the look­out

The de­sign­ers of this 328-foot ex­plorer con­cept are seek­ing yacht own­ers who want to see the world in a whole new way.

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This wild-look­ing 328-foot (100-me­ter) hy­brid ex­plorer con­cept—with dis­tinc­tive glass pods perched above a su­per­struc­ture to pro­vide 360-de­gree views—is the brain­child of Im­pos­si­ble Pro­duc­tions Ink in New York City and Tim Dem­pers Stu­dio in Cape Town, South Africa. Con­ceived as a global ex­plorer, it would com­bine the lux­ury of a su­pery­acht with the prac­ti­cal­i­ties of a com­mer­cial sup­port ves­sel.

The for­ward glass pod is the nav­i­ga­tion sta­tion and ship’s of­fice, while the aft pod is the own­ers’ ac­com­mo­da­tions. The cargo deck be­tween the two glass struc­tures is tan­ta­mount to a closed-in court­yard. It can hold a sea­plane, au­to­mo­biles, mo­tor­cy­cles, a sail­ing yacht, snow­mo­biles, hot air bal­loons and any­thing else an owner might re­quire or de­sire.

Other fun fea­tures in­clude an out­door cin­ema and a car/art/food space. An in­ter­nal “ma­rina” al­lows for ten­der em­barka­tion and dis­em­barka­tion in a con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment.

One might imag­ine that the de­sign­ers of this craft are sky­scraper de­sign­ers who never set foot on the wa­ter, but the prin­ci­pals of Im­pos­si­ble Pro­duc­tions Ink—ar­chi­tects and pro­fes­sors Alis­tair Gill and Veronika Sch­mid—worked for 15 years with lead­ing naval ar­chi­tects in­clud­ing Martin Fran­cis at Fran­cis De­sign be­fore set­ting up their own shop. Their re­cent work in­cludes a 394-foot (120-me­ter) con­cept project for Icon Yachts and a new con­cept de­sign for No­biskrug based on that builder’s 295-foot (90-me­ter) plat­form. They are re­port­edly in­volved with sev­eral other yacht projects at the mo­ment.

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