A Floating Mansion From The Future

  • Mansion Ahoy!

    Meet the WHY, a hulking new breed of boat that turns the uber-rich, giga-yacht world upside down. The WHY, a gutsy, high concept venture between the posh Parisian house of Hermes and the innovative boat builder Wally– hence the acronymic moniker WHY…Wally Hermes Yachts–has yet to be completed and press materials for WHY do not reveal a price, but it’s probably safe to assume that if you have to ask how much this massive maritime mansion costs, you can’t afford it (though one blogger has estimated that it will run $150.8 million).Photo Credit: WHY
    Boutique Hotel Or Boat?
  • Boutique Hotel Or Boat?

    According to specifications provided on the super slick WHY website (http://www.why-yachts.com), the graceful, muscular and slightly sinister exoskeleton measures 190 feet long, a staggering 125 feet wide and wraps around 37,600 square feet total space with 11,850 square feet of smooth, spare and very contemporary interiors spaces spread over three levels. The husky boat accommodates 12 guests in six deluxe cabins and another 20 crewmembers. Each of the nautical extravaganza’s three levels opens to prairie-like decks referred to in press materials as ‘beaches.” Electronically controlled sunshades can be lowered or raised to shield the interior from sunlight or to provide privacy.Photo Credit: WHY
    Amenities Galore
  • Amenities Galore

    The sprawling lowest level contains the bulk of the interior entertainment areas that include a living, dining, music and media rooms. Sliding panels are used to either divide or merge the spacious rooms into one voluminous space that spills out to a 98-foot wide ‘beach’ through a long wall of floor to ceiling, sliding glass panels. This level also houses the lavish spa facilities, complete with a sauna, Turkish bath, massage room, exercise area and lounge. The center of the lower level is punctuated by a massive atrium that soars three stories and opens the interior spaces to the sky. Plans show an actual tree planted in the floor of the atrium. Photo Credit: WHY
    Roll Them In Designer Sheets
  • Roll Them In Designer Sheets

    The middle level, connected to the lower level by a monumental spiral ramp, contains the sea faring villa’s five spacious guest suites arranged around a common lounge/library. Each suite offers a private head and a view of the water through massive windows. Two of the guest suites, designed for VIP guests, additionally provide private lounges, dressing areas and access to the titanic ‘beach.’ Photo Credit: WHY
    Perfect Privacy
  • Perfect Privacy

    The top level is devoted almost entirely to the owner’s cabin, providing for the ultimate in privacy and luxury. The sprawling suite measures more than 2,100 square feet and includes a bedroom, sitting room and office, a vast walk-in closet and dressing room and a luxurious bathroom with a party-sized, walk-in shower larger than a Manhattan studio apartment. A long, floor to ceiling glass wall slides open to a private, 82-foot wide ‘beach’ perforated by the atrium space.Photo Credit: WHY
    Solar Panels and a Helipad
  • Solar Panels and a Helipad

    A wide walkway on both the port and starboard side leads from the aft of the craft to the bow where a snaking swimming pool hugs the contours of the bow and wraps around the helipad. Although the floating palace carries enough fuel for 4 trans-Atlantic crossings, the designers aim to be environmentally sensitive. When closed, a sliding canopy of thermophotovoltaic panels protect and secure the interiors areas and when open suck up sunlight that is harnessed to power the bulk of the boat’s auxiliary systems. Ventilation and cooling of interior spaces will be facilitated by natural convection, but the yacht will be fitted with an ultra-low consumption air-conditioning system.Photo Credit: WHY
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