A Perfect Ocean View Yacht
The ironic thing about sitting in a yacht is you can’t really see the water. In order to do so, you have to peer through windows that do little justice to the actual view. Shouldn’t you be able to gaze out at the ocean without rising from your seat? Of course you should!
Behold then, a rendering of the boat of your dreams. The 55-meter vessel, named Salt, isn’t yet real, but there’s no doubt a group of obscenely wealthy people hoping to change that. Salt is the work of Lujac Desautel, an architecture student at San Francisco’s California College of the Arts. He designed the ship for a young boat designers competition, which asked participants to take an existing hull of a sailboat and use their creativity to work some magic.
Desautel’s design features a simple glass rectangle that sits atop the hull. The glass facade can be pulled open like a sliding door to create an even more direct connection with the sea. The idea came to him after spending most of his summers between classes working on the crew of yachts in the south of France. He couldn’t see the water while standing in the living room or guest room, and he wanted to change that.
Things like using glass or eliminating walls to produce an open, airy feeling. Desautel’s design shows the glass portion of the boat having one wall to separate the head (bathroom) from the living space. It’s reminiscent of Philip Johnson’s Glass House, the famed modernist home in New Canaan, Connecticut, that’s almost fully transparent.
The glass box is encased on both sides by staircases that lead to upper decks. The stern features a swimming platform that extends from the master suite. One of the more luxurious features is a staircase. A hydraulic system would control the staircase, raising and lowering it down to water level. Imagine, walking down the stairs into your own ocean sized pool.
Desautel’s not an engineer. And you can imagine if Salt were to be built, the realities of mechanical systems, weight and balance would eliminate some of his more impractical features. For instance, a good question to ask might be: How resilient and strong is glass against the powerful ocean? These are points that Desautel readily acknowledges. He figures if and when someone wants to make Salt a reality (and he’s already gotten calls…), the engineering logistics will be worked out. For the time being, all that’s left to do is dream about such a fantastic creation.