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Celebrating Ocean Builders’ 5th Anniversary of the first prototype

Celebrating Ocean Builders’ 5th Anniversary of the first prototype

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Five years ago, Ocean Builders launched an early SeaPod prototype in Thailand which was codenamed ‘XLII’. Today we are commemorating this first major milestone and exploring the meaningful concepts behind the name.

The adventure began in 2017 with a vision that materialized into the XLII octagonal prototype. A few years later, we unveiled the Flagship model and SeaPod Alpha Blue, before swiftly progressing into our third SeaPod design, the deep water model, Alpha Deep. These three Pod designs symbolize the evolution from our early prototype in Thailand five years ago to our current innovative Pod designs.

XLII under construction
XLII under construction

The Significance of 42 in XLII

The prototype, christened “XLII” like the iconic number “42” from Douglas Adams’s book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, carries a significance beyond mere digits. For us at Ocean Builders, it evokes the very question that resonated deeply within the book: what is the ultimate meaning of life, the universe, and everything? We see “XLII” as a symbol of our own pursuit: to understand how we can live more meaningful and fulfilling lives on this beautiful planet. Our SeaPods project embodies this mission, aiming to create innovative environments that foster individual purpose and harmony with the natural world, offering a tangible answer to the profound question posed by “XLII”.

In the whimsical world of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 42 is the “Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything”. XLII, the prototype that kickstarted our journey, was a testament to the fusion of visionary thinking and a commitment to well-being.
While never explicitly stated, 42 could represent:

  • The meaning of life is subjective and varies for each individual.
  • The answer is beyond human comprehension.
  • The journey of searching for the answer is more important than the answer itself.

The XLII prototype laid the foundation for the evolution of our SeaPod designs. It was a pioneering endeavor, showcasing not only a structure but an early glimpse into a lifestyle centered on well-being.

As we look back, XLII becomes a symbol of our early commitment to creating spaces that go beyond conventional living. While the prototype played a crucial role in shaping our vision, it also paved the way for the development of newer, more refined SeaPod designs.

Spar of the first prototype
Spar of the first prototype

New Horizons: Evolving SeaPod Designs

As Ocean Builders celebrates its 5th anniversary, XLII stands as a nostalgic milestone—a symbol of where it all began. The journey from the prototype to the current SeaPod designs reflects our commitment to continuous improvement and the creation of living spaces that harmonize with the pursuit of a life well-lived. Here’s to the legacy of XLII and the promising horizons that await us in the ever-evolving world of SeaPod living!

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