Malena: The skyscraper superyacht concept

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(CNN) — Giant superyachts have long been referred to as “floating skyscrapers,” but this new and innovative concept by studio Rodriguez design has taken that concept to a whole new level.

Designed in the style of a 110 meter high apartment, Malena features a symmetrical superstructure consisting of balconies extending along the sides and center of the deck.

Made of steel and aluminum, the ship will be equipped with a huge external space to facilitate outdoor life and a hydraulic swimming platform for easy access to the sea.

Skyscraper in the sea

Rendering of Malena’s concept with a central balcony system that resembles a luxury residential building.

Rodriguez Design

Designer Josh Rodriguez, founder of Rodriguez Design, says he took an “architectural approach” rather than traditional yacht design to develop Malena inspired by a variety of architectural structures.

“We wanted to use the side balcony system to create the feeling of being in a skyscraper,” Rodriguez explains. “A new addition to the city skyline, whether the yacht is docked or moored.”

Besides the “smooth and sharp profile”, Malena has many impressive facilities including two infinity pools and can accommodate up to 24 people in 11 cabins with 6 VIP cabins on the main deck. ..

Smooth profile

The designer  "Architectural approach" Not a traditional yacht design while devising Malena.

Designers took an “architectural approach” when inventing Malena, rather than traditional yacht design.

Rodriguez Design

The upper deck has a large enough dining area, lounge area and touch-and-go heliport for 24 people.

Admission to the owner’s deck can be blocked through a set of sliding doors to ensure privacy as much as possible, but invited guests have access to the jacuzzi and vast sunpad area. increase. There is also an onboard sundeck and bar with a separate Jacuzzi.

As for the engine, Malena is powered by a hybrid diesel electric propulsion system, achieving a top speed of 18 knots and an estimated cruising range of 6,000 nautical miles when cruising at 12 knots.

Hybrid engine

The sundeck of the ship has a Jacuzzi and a bar.

The sundeck of the ship has a Jacuzzi and a bar.

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“The difference between a diesel-electric hybrid system and a traditional shaftline placement is that in a diesel-electric placement, propulsion can come from azipod, or a rotating propeller that can rotate 360 ​​degrees,” Rodriguez told CNN. increase.

“The power of these azipods comes from electricity, not directly from the engine itself. This electricity is generated by an alternator attached to the diesel generator.

“These generators can be placed anywhere on the yacht, not necessarily in the normal engine room location, and can be further isolated from noise and vibration, making the yacht very smooth.”

According to Rodriguez, Malena is already attracting attention from customers and shipyards, and further discussions are underway.

The project is still in the very early stages of development, but he estimates that it will cost more than € 350 million (about $ 396 million) for a superyacht to come back to life.

The process of ship engineering, construction and delivery takes three to four years under “normal circumstances”, but the demand for superyachts is now higher than ever.

High demand

Designer Josh Rodriguez estimates that it will cost more than € 350 million for Malena to come back to life.

Designer Josh Rodriguez estimates that it will cost more than € 350 million for Malena to come back to life.

Rodriguez Design

“Shipyards are currently very busy, with delivery dates starting in 2025 (the earliest), raw materials becoming more expensive, delayed or canceled all at once,” he told CNN Travel. “In the current situation, it’s very difficult to guess.”

Malena’s concept is the many awe-inspiring superyachts announced over the past year, as large vessels continue to grow in popularity as the number of billionaires grows around the world with the influence of the pandemic. It is one of the designs of.

In October, Lazzarini Design Studio unveiled a rendering of Shape, a new 69-meter yacht design with a “gap hole” in the center.

Meanwhile, German shipyard Lürssen unveiled the emission-free superyacht concept inspired by Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” at the Monaco Yacht Show in May.

Top Image Credit: Rodriguez Design

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