If you thought Soho House was exclusive, wait until you see it. ArkHAUS is a future member-only social club that is as innovative as it is stylish, offering several electrically powered ships than you can connect to create large floating spaces for work, socializing and enjoying the view – all while supporting local marine exploration purely under the ship.
ArkHAUS is the latest creation of co-founders Sam Peirov and Natalie Paiva, who together formed CSTM HAUS, which originally began in Faen County in Miami Beach. Since then, CSTM HAUS has moved to a more permanent location in New York’s Mitpacking district on the fourth floor of a “small flat building”.
As experts in coordinating allotted space for collaboration, exhibitions, private events and exclusive socializing, Peyrobi and Paiva got the following club idea only for members when a houseboat floated past them on the water near Miami Beach.
That houseboat was floating yacht Arkup 75 – a 4,300-square-foot solar-powered vessel powered by electric motors. In an interview with Electric cracklePayrovi told us that he and his co-founder immediately set out to buy the Arkup 75 and turn it into a floating club, but they failed because it had already been sold to a private owner.
So the two moved on to the next approach. They talked to the manufacturer, Arkup, directly and developed their own floating social club – so ArkHAUS was born.
ArkHAUS is the “first in the world” floating solar social club
The first iteration of ArkHAUS Social Club is scheduled to open in Miami in early 2023 and will consist of four separate courts (2120 square feet each with decks) combined to provide members with an 8,480 square foot club that also includes 40 x 40-foot pool in the center. Check out the club in 3D here.
As we mentioned earlier, the creators of ArkHAUS specialize in social clubs, so the experience of solar and electric energy is in the hands of Arkup, which manufactures and supplies floating vessels and their technology. At the same time, both Payrobi and Paiva kept an eye on sustainability and clean energy when developing ArkHAUS.
Each ship is equipped with dual-phase rooftop solar panels with a battery capacity of 12 kW, which combines 48 kW throughout the ArkHAUS club – much more energy than is required for its daily operation. These solar canopies also help power the electric motor on each ship, which consists of a bow thruster with a capacity of 10 kW and a controlled electric motor with a capacity of 50 kW.
While ArkHAUS does float, most of the time it will do so over water to avoid swaying ocean waves. Currently, pull-outs can be deepened fourteen feet below the surface to keep the club at a height of several feet above the water. We were told that these pins can also be adjusted to go deeper if needed.
The first track of ArkHAUS will be docked to the shore and if necessary can be charged from the sea heap. In addition, ArkHAUS has a bi-directional ability to send energy back into the grid if the controlling energy supplier allows it.
While the whole club will remain static over the water, each ship has the option to separate and go on a morning cruise or a sunset cruise on its own. Each individual segment can reach a top speed of 8.5 knots (9.8 miles per hour) and travel 30 nautical miles on a single charge – all without carbon emissions.
“Party from above, research from below”
While the upper part of ArkHAUS will serve as a club for wealthy secular people, its other half will serve as an auxiliary vessel for marine research. The co-founders of ArkHAUS explained to us that they not only wanted to make a club that would be unique and sustainable, but one that really brings back its marine environment.
ArkHAUS has created the project “Party up, research from below” in partnership with Maritime team – an incubator specializing in marine biology regeneration projects. The team uses drones to control temperature, oxygen, salinity and toxicity in Biscayne Bay, and performs tasks such as restoring mangroves and garbage collection.
Every night these water drones require space to dock and charge, and in some cases to download data. As part of the project, ArkHAUS offered its solar electric club as a place to charge drones overnight, using the surplus energy collected from solar panels.
In addition, ArkHAUS can sell to its members that their annual fees also go to marine research and restoration, not just to conservation bars.
How much is a membership in the ArkHAUS club, you ask? Current annual rate before sale is over $ 6,200 and rise only from there. If ArkHAUS is officially launched, club members will pay $ 10,000 a year.
What awaits ArkHAUS and its sustainable social club?
The ArkHAUS team is in the middle of a round of private investment after a successful crowdfunding campaign Republic what brought in more than $ 420,000 with a minimum of $ 25,000. At the time, ArkHAUS co-founder and CEO Sam Peyrove said:
ArkHAUS will be the perfect combination of tranquility, excitement, aesthetics and exclusivity. It is a haven where leaders and taste creators from a variety of industries gather to discuss their pursuits, have fun, enjoy high-quality food and beverage options or discuss business while on the water in a beautiful and tranquil setting. We are incredibly excited to present this investment opportunity to both public and private investors, giving everyone the opportunity to own a piece of this evolution in the membership club
In addition to Miami ArkHAUS, its creators are considering a club on the northeast coast that can travel south during the cold winter months. The founders of the company told Electric crackle they would like to open ArkHAUS clubs in seven cities in the first five years. Which cities will be officially selected is not yet known, but here are some of the places under consideration:
- New York
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
- San Francisco
There’s a lot more to unfold here, as Payrov and Paiva are thinking three steps ahead of sustainable mobility inside and outside ArkHAUS clubs, including exploring opportunities for things like electric shuttles around the bay and even floating landing pads for eVTOL.
As the old saying goes, “show, don’t say,” so I think it’s best to visit the ArkHAUS solar club in Miami when it opens and report. You know … for research.
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