tetrahedron super yacht appears to fly above the surface of the sea
all images courtesy of jonathan schwinge
jonathan schwinge‘s super yacht concept is anything but ordinary. the london-based architect and designer has conceived the ‘tetrahedron’ by the rethinking the usual structure and propulsion of modern water craft as a radically simple sequence of planes, which form an enclosed unit. the architecture of the yacht concept is reduced to the geometry of a tetrahedron — a three-dimensional solid figure composed of four triangular faces, six straight edges, and four vertex corners. this configuration produces a precise, logical and mathematical ‘roof’ which connects to the hull assembly.
at low-speed or when stationary, the ‘tetrahedron’ floats on three underbelly hulls
at high-speed, the ‘tetrahedron’ appears to levitate above the water’s surface. this elevated mode of travel is realized by a HYSWAS hull (a hydrofoil small waterplane area ship) that comprises a retractable vertical strut fixed onto a submerged torpedo hull. the body has two working waterlines for operation: at low-speed, the ‘tetrahedron’ floats on three underbelly hulls; at high-speed, the hydrofoils rotate on the lower submerged hull, raising the triangle out of the water.
the ‘tetrahedron’ rethinks the usual structure and propulsion of modern water craft
the design is formed by a radically simple sequence of planes, which create an enclosed unit
the architecture of the yacht concept is reduced to the geometry of a tetrahedron
project instigation and designer: jonathan schwinge / schwinge.
tetra lightweight technologies & project management: marcel müller, inmainco visionary marine management
tetra hyswas propulsion: the maritime applied physics corporation, USA
CGI images: eyelevel UK