The £252m superyacht designed to look like a 'superluxury skyscraper'

Pictured: The stunning £252million superyacht designed to look like a ‘superluxury skyscraper’ that changes the skyline of each city it sails through

  • The ‘Malena’, which measures 85ft from the waterline to the top of the mast, accommodates up to 24 guests
  • ‘We wanted to create the feeling of being on a superluxury skyscraper,’ the designers say
  • It’s estimated that the megayacht would set prospective buyers back an estimated £210million to £252million

What happens when you cross a superyacht and a skyscraper? You get the ‘Malena’.

The striking £252million superyacht measures 360ft (110m) in length, 85ft (26m) from the waterline to the top of the mast, and features tiers of balconies that look ‘much like those found on luxury residential apartments’. 

Josh Rodriguez, who owns Rodriguez Design, the London-based firm behind the concept, says: ‘With the side balcony system, we wanted to create the feeling of being on a superluxury skyscraper. Wherever the yacht is docked or moored, the city will have a new addition to its skyline.’

The ‘Malena’, pictured above, is a new yacht concept by naval architecture firm Rodriguez Design

The superyacht design features tiers of balconies that look ‘much like those found on luxury residential apartments’

Rodriguez Design, which is based in Dubai and Spain, set out to ‘steer away from traditional yacht design’ in creating Malena. 

How much will this stylish behemoth set you back? The price of the yacht will depend on the shipyard and the finishing materials, but we’re told that the yacht would cost an estimated €250million (£210million) to €300million (£252million).  

The boat can accommodate 24 guests in 11 cabins, the layout comprising six VIP cabins on the main deck, four double cabins on the lower deck and one owner’s apartment, which features a hot tub and dining area.

One feature that’s sure to make a splash is the ‘hydraulic swimming platform’, from which guests can jump into the water.

Rodriguez Design says: ‘With the side balcony system, we wanted to create the feeling of being on a superluxury skyscraper’

The lower deck, pictured on the left, will feature two 29.5ft (9m) by 11.4ft (3.5m) infinity pools

The lower deck, meanwhile, features two 29.5ft (9m) by 11.4ft (3.5m) infinity pools, along with sunbeds and a bar area that can seat up to seven people.

There will be two sets of ‘hidden stairs’ in the interior, which lead to the ‘alfresco dining area’ on the upper deck, seating up to 24 people. For added intrigue, a working compass will be ‘embedded into the woodwork’ of the dining table.

The upper deck will also boast a lounge area and a helipad, which can accommodate an Airbus ACH160 helicopter ‘or similar’.

The boat will accommodate 24 guests in 11 cabins, with the layout including an owner’s apartment and six VIP cabins

The sun deck, pictured, will feature a hot tub and a bar for seven people. A statement describes this deck as the ’perfect scenario for a big party or any other social gathering’

Rodriguez Design estimates that it would take between four and five years to carry out the build of the Malena

Finally, the sun deck – which Rodriguez Design says is also known as the ‘party deck’ – will feature another hot tub and more seating areas, as well as a bar.

A statement describes this deck as the ‘perfect scenario for a big party or any other social gathering’. 

The Malena will be able to reach a maximum speed of 18 knots (20mph), and will be propelled by a diesel-electric hybrid system coupled with a gearless steerable propulsion system.

Rodriguez Design estimates that it would take between four and five years to build the boat. Though it’s currently just a concept, the firm confirmed that it is in talks with a shipyard and a client regarding the design.   

For more information visit instagram.com/rodriguezyachtdesign.

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