steve jobs' venus yacht is unveiled steve jobs' venus yacht is unveiled
oct 29, 2012

steve jobs' venus yacht is unveiled

steve jobs’ venus yacht design



‘venus’, the yacht that was being designed by steve jobs up until his death a little over a year ago, has made its first appearance as a finished product in the city of aalsmeer in the netherlands. reportedly a collaborative effort between jobs and philippe starck, the ship measures about 230 to 260 feet long, made entirely of aluminum. maintaining his ‘clutterfree’ philosophy, the interior cabin is equipped with a set-up of seven 27-inch iMacs for its control room.


as described in an excerpt from walter isaacson’s steve jobs biography:

‘as at an apple store, the cabin windows were large panes, almost floor to ceiling, and the main living area was designed to have walls of glass that were forty feet long and ten feet high. he had gotten the chief engineer of the apple stores to design a special glass that was able to provide structural support. by then the boat was under construction by the dutch custom yacht builders feadship, but jobs was still fiddling with the design.”

‘I know that it’s possible I will die and leave laurene with a half-built boat,’ he said. ‘but I have to keep going on it. if I don’t, it’s an admission that I’m about to die.”



exterior view of ‘venus’



video courtesy onemorething



  • Maybe he should have let Johnny Ives handle this…

    Jim C. says:
  • exquisite

    dbkii says:
  • I am no ship engineer ,designer but it appears architecturally like a floating palace. It is pleasing and calming to the eye. It must be beautiful at night with lights on over a still bay. Maybe that was the effect Mr. Jobs wanted.

    Rulisor says:
  • Frank Llyid Wright\’s horizontal lines minimalism. Classic l\’corbu\’s less is more and Lloyd Wright\’s only if more is less. Steve Jobs simplicity in design to the core. I love it.

    NelsonDReyesArchitect says:
  • It’s a beautiful object. Can’t imagine it will do very well out in the ocean with all those flat surfaces and 90-degree angles, but it’s a nice houseboat.

    joshfreeman says:
  • now some ipads as roof, it seems to me as a wannabe designer work. My respect and RIP to Jobs

    juan says:
  • iYacht

    Rafael says:
  • I’ve seen this design before . . . it was used for an ostentatious wedding cake. They’re divorced now.

    David says:
  • what a famous design!!!!

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    red-baron says:
  • lucky he kept to ipods then.

    gerard says:
  • Box upon box upon box. Didn’t realize it was a boat just by the pictures. Obviously not designed to be used on the open water, just to sit.

    Moi says:
  • The ship design predates the iPad. It recalls similar ships such as Larry Ellison’s japanese inspired Ronin and the eurostyle Blue Ice. very cool. Check out Wally Yachts and Zaha Hadid’s Z Boat. This really is, apart from size, the opposite in ostentatious, and i have no doubt that Mr Jobs would have consulted his closest associates such as Jony Ive on thecdesign, he did hire Philipe Starck to collaborate. No doubt first class naval architects were also involved.
    Fabulous! Will stand the test of time and can’t wait to see proper coverage in the marine press, hopefully the owner (Laurene Jobs) will allow review.

    Gpanderson says:
  • Good grief! I\’m not a naval architect, but that has to be one of the ugliest yachts ever built. Please don\’t compare it to anything Frank Lloyd Wright designed. It doesn\’t deserve to be compared to any of Wright\’s work.

    It\’s a yacht…. how about a curve or two somewhere? I guess Jobs liked boxy things with a few radii thrown in a few places. Oh, I see he didn\’t forget to drop an ill proportioned pagoda on the deck. Sheeeesh.

    This *SHOULD* completely derail Jobs\’ standing as a \’design genius\’. This thing is a real clunker.

    RDB says:
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    Srk says:
  • This is very bad design. Are we this desperate that we have to like it just because it’s designed by Jobs.
    Even when it is not a ship it would be a very bad designed house.

    Jack Sparrow says:
  • this is horrible!
    no more words!
    i supose that inside is a super boat but from outside is ideous!!

    ANTc says:
  • Form over function OK, but only if the form lives up to this #butitdoesnt

    eyebidem says:
  • Revolutionary, amazing, extraordinary, its so thin, 10 feet longer than the previous model.

    tr says:
  • Um, hard to say where shipyard ends and ship begins

    Nice as a building, not as a ship says:
  • Jobs loved toys.

    Reboo says:
  • Absolutely stunning. This boat shows other shipbuilders that they have gone in the wrong direction. Yachts nowadays seem to emphasize on wind-tunnel design. Streamlined curvy shells that suggest speed. But is speed so important for a yacht?
    Here the decks and cabins are easily recognizable like in 19th century ships. It is modern, romantic and minimalist at the same time, quite an effort.

    Airborne says:
  • Lots of WINDOWS on this yacht…..

    Microsofter says:
  • What an incredible waste of resources!!! I love all my Apple products and if this yacht is anything like any of Jobs other creations…….when the battery dies it will be time to buy another.

    Hal says:
  • Only an iFan would say good things about this travesty, this thing is hideous.

    IBM says:
  • The design is at least partly derived from 1920s commuters, which had a long high prow,the well aft, and cabins in the stern where the motion was easiest and the bow spray negligible. She’s gorgeous, with many consummate touches. Note the chrome-plated anchor.

    She’s undoubtedly fast, probably 40 knots or more. Her bottom, I comfortably presume, is a planing hull.

    I do worry that those structural expanses of glass might not survive a wall of green wave. This design is meant for sheltered water or short open-water runs up and down the coast. But mainly, I suspect, she’d wander in San Francisco Bay and the Delta.

    Sign me up for her transatlantic from Holland to the U.S.

    Barnacle Bill says:
  • Cross a retro-Bauhaus shopping mall with a Chart House Restaurant and what do you get? You get this excrescence. Call the EPA! Get this pollution off the water!

    Mac McDougal says:
  • good and unique looking architecure: less is more!
    the body seems to have good hydrodynamic features, baut what about aerodynamic?
    we hope, the glass will really resist stormy weather

    lothar f tindler says:

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