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In the unveiling of the Cube Houseboat, the echoes of the Modernist movement and Le Corbusier’s architectural prowess reverberate through this avant-garde creation. Crafted atop an aluminum catamaran, this maritime spectacle, revealed during the Beyond Horizons: A Voyage through Yacht Design event hosted by Leoni Design Workshop (running from November 13th to 18th, 2023), is the brainchild of Jacopo Leoni, the visionary behind the workshop. Leoni, the external designer of the Cube Houseboat, emphasizes its bespoke nature, tailoring the design to the unique desires of its owner.
The Cube Houseboat stands out with a displacement catamaran hull featuring asymmetrical, slightly curved forms meticulously constructed from robust alloy aluminum. Serving as the robust foundation for the cubic dwelling, the alloy aluminum seamlessly integrates with the finished hull, fortified by a surrounding embrace of red-hued glass. Jacopo Leoni dubs this synthesis as a fusion of “the pioneering spirit of the Modernist movement and the brilliance of Le Corbusier.”
Leoni Design Workshop’s Cube Houseboat boasts an upper deck accessible via external stairs, featuring a custom pool and a commercial-sized jacuzzi within the main bedroom. Descending to the main deck reveals a well-organized semi-hull compartment housing machinery spaces, tanks, and chain lockers. Towards the rear of the catamaran, provisions for water vehicles are strategically placed, ready for passengers’ aquatic escapades.
Moving towards the bow of the Cube Houseboat, passengers encounter the docking functionality of the catamaran, surrounded by the transparent walls of the glass house. This vantage point offers a breathtaking panorama of the surrounding landscapes, inviting passengers to partake in leisurely sightseeing. Propelled by two diesel-driven engines, the Cube Houseboat represents the third vessel concept in the Beyond Horizons: A Voyage through Yacht Design event. On November 18th, 2023, Leoni Design Workshop plans to debut physical models of the participating boats and yachts in a 1/100 scale through a live stream.
Images courtesy of Jacopo Leoni/Leoni Design Workshop
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