Yacht designs for the ultra-wealthy just keep getting more and more elaborate, don’t they? Well, the Lazzarini Design Studio may have just won the game with their concept for the terayacht. Which is basically just a floating city adorably shaped like a giant turtle.
The vessel is called Pangeos, a direct reference to Pangea, the supercontinent that existed millions of years ago. Specifically during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras. It bills itself as “the floating city of the future,” of course only if you can afford it.
This whole idea started back in 2009 when designer Pierpaolo Lazzarini was attempting to design a puny giga yacht. He had the idea of making it able to host an entire city and the concept snowballed from there. Currently the terayacht’s concept design measures 550 meters (1800 ft) long and 610 (2000 ft) meters at its widest point.
Pangeos’ hull will be subdivided into about 30,000 cells. “This space provide an unsinkable floating solution for the basement, which is composed by cluster compartments and connected by corridors,” says Lazzarini Design Studio. Yes, they use the word “unsinkable” to describe what will be the largest yacht ever built…
We just hope everyone has learned their lesson about having enough life boats. Since the terayacht is capable of hosting up to 60,000 guests, housed in luxury apartments, villas, and even an on-ship resort. It will also feature rooftop gardens, a beach club, and of course it will have its own mall.
The Pangeos will be powered by 9 HTS fully electric engines each capable of 16,800 hp. Between solar energy and other onboard energy sources, the megastructure will be able to cruise at 5 knots.
But the thing is it isn’t just the ship that will need to be built, an entire specialized shipyard will be needed just for the Pangeos. While Lazzarini says “Pangeos will be perpetually itinerant around the world.” The design team has also planned to build a 4,198,000 sq. ft. shipyard in Saudi Arabia for the mammoth structure when needed.
The current estimated cost for both the Pangeos and the shipyard to be built is about 8 billion, but can you really put a price on owning your own self-sustaining city? Check out a video tour of the concept art below: