tetrahedron super yacht appears to fly above the surface of the sea tetrahedron super yacht appears to fly above the surface of the sea
feb 22, 2016

tetrahedron super yacht appears to fly above the surface of the sea

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



schwinge tetrahedron superyacht – designed to fly
video courtesy of EYELEVEL



project info:


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

  • Er… this vid is all you have? A bit poor I’d say. But the basic idea is thrilling…unless you don’t hit a lost container or tree trunk at full speed. Not to mention cataceans or big fish. But it looks definetely very cool.

    Dirk16 says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

design news