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Skyscraper superyacht, meet skyscraper superyacht.
The mega-yacht “Skyscraper,” which is rising in the waters of London’s Tower Bridge Harbour , is a boat that itself acts as a tower — a homage to the infamous London cityscapes.
Built for Russian diamond businessman Andrey Morozov, the 67,000-square-foot vessel has “two swimming pools, two flyways, a window to every room, a helipad, a casino, gym and spa,” its designer Victoria Yue tells CNN Travel.
Weighing over 50 tons, the yacht boasts a waterline of 10 meters — enough room for up to 100 people to enjoy its unmatched views of Tower Bridge, the London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Other luxurious features include 16 bathrooms, en-suite bedrooms, a jacuzzi on the roof, and a hospitality deck overlooking Victoria Tower Bridge.
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The yacht’s 240-foot length means the boat can, in theory, stay at sea for up to two years before returning to dock. The vessel’s suites are designed to maximize the sense of openness on board, with sliding glass doors — opening up into adjoining alcoves — that transform the ship into a 360-degree living space.
Construction began in 2015, but as of yet there’s no solid date for its arrival. The ship is expected to break through the water in May 2016.
The yacht is hardly new: Yue’s first project was Skyscraper , a yacht built for client Russian businessman Andrey Morozov, in 2015. This follows four years working with Monaco-based company Lightning Diamond + Acacia.
“I’m very ambitious and if you look at my hands you can see that I’m very active and fussy,” says Yue. “I like to fix problems very precisely, and one way is to build at sight.”
The hovercraft for “Skyscraper” is 18 meters long, with six main engines that provide the yacht with an incredible zero-emission energy. The megayacht, meanwhile, will also be more efficient using flyways, as the main sail alone will work with wind to boost water speed.
“The new kind of technology,” Yue explains, “allows sail to sail rather than glide.”