Zaha Hadid designs Z Boat for American Art Dealer

  • 12 Jul 2012
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Courtesy of / Kenny Schachter-ROVE

First, American art dealer Kenny Schachter commissioned Zaha Hadid to design the futuristic, three wheeled Z-Car in 2005. Now, he has asked the Pritzker Prize winning Dame to create the limited edition Z Boat – an all black, 7.5-meter-long vessel that comfortably seats eight and is powered by an 1×220 HP Mercruiser. Only 12 boats and four prototypes will by built and completed in early 2013 by the French manufacturer Shoreteam.

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Courtesy of Architects/ Kenny Schachter-ROVE

Hadid’s design statement reads as follows: “The asymmetrical design is sculptural in appearance while practically affording more seating accommodations. In a sense, the bespoke boat is as much a work of art as a Cisitalia sports car in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The idea is to think of vessels and vehicles as highly individualistic expressions of art, architecture and design reflecting the edge of what is possible using the most advanced means, including materials, software systems and methods of fabrication.”

Artinfo also reported a possible rumor that a Rem Koolhaas-designed hybrid sailboat and yacht is next on Schachter’s want list.

Reference: Zaha Hadid Architects, Artinfo, Phaidon

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Zaha Hadid designs Z Boat for American Art Dealer" 12 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • Caue

    The american art dealer known as Bruce Wayne.

  • Andy

    Mmm, all that black will stay nice and cool in the sun…

  • JK

    But who (in Hadid’s firm) is responsible for actually desinging it?

    • Samuel AB

      The unpaid intern of course.

  • Bruce Wayne

    I expected something better. Looks like an unfinished idea

  • George

    Take away the water fill the middle with cushions, scale it down and it seriously is a designer sofa at best. That what happens when you ask an intern to step away from a chair design and design a boat. The interior is not ergonomic and there are a few restrictions that I can see from plain view. I wouldn’t feel proud at the steering wheel lets put it that way.

  • NickGee

    Seems like triangulation for the sake of triangulation? I have no issue with that, but own up to it. The selling point of this shape ‘accommodating more seating’ is outright silly; normal twenty-footers seat eight just fine…

  • JM

    The prop on a boat turns clockwise, causing the right side of the craft to lift, that is why boats are usually drivin from the right side. Weight distribution is important…

  • Begno A. Cire

    Batmobile + Thunder in Paradise = Z Boat

  • Joe Morgan

    Boats are usually drivin from the right side becuase the prop, turning clock-wise, causes lift to the right side of the craft. The weight distribution seems to need more thought.

  • DJ

    Let me lean back on this, OW!….Ok let me put my arm on, OW!……Well lets drive back then OW!…All in favor of swimming instead of burning in this thing?

  • Chris

    Because I’ve always wanted to float around in a tessellated moccasin.

  • Daniel

    Wow love the look of this thing.

    • js

      Looks like a misshapen loafer.

  • Walt

    “…of what is possible using the most advanced means, including materials, software systems and methods of fabrication.”

    I hope not.

  • andreas mueller

    when it comes to real movement, they seem to be lost.

  • Derek

    Sketchup Boat – not very aerodynamic either! good on you Zaha….

  • Heywood Floyd

    Zaha, don’t quit your day job.