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A Look at Streets of Monaco, the World's Most Absurd Yacht

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Welcome to Mansions on the High Seas, a new Curbed summer series exploring the great, wide world of the megayacht. Stay tuned right here for jaw-dropping photos, backstories, and factoids about some of the most famous floating fortresses and trophy boats on Earth.

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The world of megayachts is hardly known for its subtlety, but this proposed floating city makes even Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich's 557-foot Eclipse look downright sensible. Modeled after the glamorous Mediterranean city-state of Monaco, the Streets of Monaco features exhaustive replicas of landmarks like the Monte Carlo Casino, the Hotel de Paris, La Rascasse, and even a beach-like swimming pool. Estimated to cost of more than $1B to construct, this floating mini-city is the brainchild of the Yacht Island Design, an as-yet-untested firm fond of attention-grabbing designs that don't make it past the design stage. Still, plenty of thought has gone into this extravagant farce.

Photo: Yacht Island Design

? If actually built, the giant yacht will require crew of 70, some of whom will be tasked with maintaining "The Oasis," a cavernous space at the rear of the ship that serves as a main boarding and entertaining area. Modelled after the "gardens just outside the Monaco Casino," the garish room features a central waterfall feature, a giant jacuzzi, and walls of arched windows. Just forward of this gymnasium-sized space is the yacht's actual gym, along with a "cafe" and spa.

Photo: Yacht Island Design

? The guest accommodations, which cover much of the yacht's second level, are just as opulent as the public spaces. The seven guest suites include a couple of VIP suites, which measure a whopping 3,800 square feet each and are equipped with private offices, reception rooms, dressing rooms, and balconies. All of the guests will share a full suite of communal amenities, including a library and cinema.

Photo: Yacht Island Design

? The owner's cabin is, naturally, even more luxurious, measuring more than 15,000 square feet over three floors, with private elevator, office, his and hers dressing rooms, a double-height living room, "numerous balconies, and private sundeck with Jacuzzi/swimming pool." Given that the suite is the size of a giant McMansion, there must be space for many more custom features to be determined by the eventual buyer.

Plan: Yacht Island Design

? The plans, while well publicized, don't appear to be very exact (above), just vague sections on each deck of the none-too-streamlined ship. That might be because, with the way things are going in yacht design lately, the designs might very well be obsolete before this billion-dollar extravagance is finally constructed.

· Yacht Island Design [official site]
· Outrageous, Opulent Yacht Interiors For Filthy-Rich Boaters [Curbed National]