The best concept yachts of 2016

As their name suggests, superyachts are meant to impress. Their football-length of the field to their over-the-top facilities-waterfalls, cinemas, detachable beach houses, these huge ships are becoming more sophisticated design.

And the concept of superyachts unveiled in 2016 were no exception.

Sometimes, the cost can be upwards of $100 million, but what would you expect to shell out for a vessel with a private infinity pool or the tropical garden? Of a ship that moves as gracefully as a whale that turns into a personal submarine, AD looks back at the best concept superyachts of the year.

  • 1.

    Yacht with helipad and an infinity pool

    Rendering: Courtesy of Hareide Design

    This concept yacht by the Norwegian company Hareide Design somehow manages to squeeze in such luxury features of a helipad, an infinity pool and the gardens. It helps that the super yacht is 354 metres long—just six metres shorter than the length of a football field. The six-level craft that could almost double as a luxury hotel, with three upper decks devoted to living space. Below, is a raised dining area with almost continuous water views.

  • 2.

    Luxury plus the ability to explore the depth in

    Rendering: Courtesy of Migaloo

    Invented by an Austrian design and engineering company, the Migaloo Private Submarine Yacht is one of the best designed luxury concept superyachts. Sure, the ship is equipped with modern facilities such as a helipad, a swimming pool, a cinema, a wine cellar and a library. But what makes this concept so exciting is that it can be immersed, effectively turning it into a private submarine.

  • 3.

    “UFO” the hunt brings the space design to the sea

    Rendering: Courtesy of Jet Capsule

    The goal for the Jet Capsule, an Italian engineering and design company, was to create a yacht that serves as a small residence and is energy-independent. Dubbed the UFO, the concept of hunting consists of a 40-foot, dish-shaped platform, with a round hut in the middle. The outer terrace can be used for a variety of activities, while the upper half of the central cabin serves as the kitchen, living room and dining room. Stairs lead down to the lower half of the house with a bedroom and bathroom, with the addition of a wraparound window that offers a view of the underwater landscape.

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  • 4.

    Whale-like yacht with tropical garden on the roof

    Rendering courtesy of Charles Bombardier

    This concept yacht, which would cost upwards of $100 million, and features an on-deck tropical garden. But that is not what makes this ship really special. Created by Montreal-based designer Charles Bombardier, the super yacht operates through two stabilizing side pods, and a third section that the paths of the ship like a tail, moving through the water, such as whales.

  • 5.

    Superyacht provides luxury

    Rendering: Courtesy of Andy Waugh

    This year, british designer Andy Waugh made 427-metre superyacht concept, to the largest in the world. The enormous craft also showcases a curvy black-and-white exterior, with five levels that extend almost all the way around the yacht, providing a beautiful view of the water.

  • 6.

    The Black Swan-the simple and clean design

    Rendering: Courtesy of Timur Bozca

    Created by designer Timur Bozca, the Black Swan superyacht concept is a striking ship that proves the power of simplicity. Made of aluminum and steel, the yacht features a beautiful swimming pool that funnels in the direction of the stern, and seems to disappear in the ocean. The Black Swan is also equipped with a sun terrace, a balcony, hidden from view, and a helipad on the roof.

  • 7.

    Detachable beach house for guests

    Rendering: Courtesy of Feadship

    Dutch firm Feadship has for eyes, a 244-metre-long concept yacht that consists of a mother ship, a detachable beach house, a two-person drone, and two 80-foot tenders, offers guests numerous ways to enjoy their time on the water.

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