HYPERcay: Sustainable Living At Sea By UOOU Studio

UOOU Studio’s HYPERcay concept is a unique approach to floating living spaces and sea travel. Designed by experts in strategy, design, innovation and business development, HYPERcay will offer visitors a customizable experience to deeply and independently explore the natural surroundings along the journey. The unique, striking architectural features a core body and detachable explorer units for guests, bridging the gap between conventional cruise ships and hotels. 

HYPERcay: Sustainable Living At Sea By UOOU Studio
In contrast to traditional cruises, where passengers join and disembark on certain ports, HYPERcay will allow passengers to join at any point of the changing itinerary. The core body will house the facilities for dining,  entertainment and social interaction, which are accessible to each guest via their private detachable explore units, allowing them to explore. 
HYPERcay: Sustainable Living At Sea By UOOU Studio
The “Vertebral Spine Structure” of HYPERcay is capable of changing shape to adapt to different weather and sea conditions, and to navigate through diverse geographical marine locations, including shallow waters, narrow channels etc..
HYPERcay: Sustainable Living At Sea By UOOU Studio
HYPERcay concept is designed to be self-sufficient, with an artificial ecosystem powered by renewable energy with a mangrove garden at its core which serves as a nursery for animals and plants. All operations of HYPERcay involve local communities to promote and support the environment and regional economies. 
HYPERcay: Sustainable Living At Sea By UOOU Studio
Entrance for the visitors is through the main core “vertebra”, from where all services and administrator areas can be accessed.  The central axis of the structure consists in a covered ‘linear park’ that serves as a connection between the different sectors. The two ends of the structure will contain the hotel rooms; these are conceived as capsules attached to the organism’s spine that will have varying degrees of luxury and comfort: from glass room located at the water level, to luxury rooms that function as independent boats that can leave the main structure and sail within a fixed range established for security reasons; passengers will be free to explore the areas that HYPERcay will cross during its perpetual and slow movement across the world.
HYPERcay: Sustainable Living At Sea By UOOU Studio
 HYPERcay’s structure will follow techniques similar to the traditional approach used in naval construction. The frame of the modules will be made up of pods constituted by orthogonal and diagonal sections; modules will be reinforced, covered and waterproofed with metals that are traditionally used in naval architecture; glass surfaces and open surfaces will alternate on the upper part of the modules. The system will be held together by a complex circuit of mechanical joints (similar to those used for the connection of railway carriages), but in this case, these will be able – thanks to electronic controls – to expand or decrease their dimensions, allowing, therefore, a partial movement between the vertebrae that will be extended to the whole HYPERcay, changing the shape of the whole structure.
Project Credits
Gianluca Santosuosso – Chief Designer
Margherita Filpi – Lead Architect
Harry Allart – Business Development & Operations
Peter Kwong – Strategy & Innovation
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