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Zaha Hadid Designs Superyacht

Zaha Hadid Designs Superyacht
Zaha Hadid Designs Superyacht, © Unique Circle Yachts / Zaha Hadid Architects for Bloom+Voss Shipyards
© Unique Circle Yachts / Zaha Hadid Architects for Bloom+Voss Shipyards

Zaha Hadid has collaborated with the Hamburg-based shipbuilders Blohm+Voss to design a new concept for a family of superyachts: a 128-meter master prototype that will  eventually spawn five, fully-engineered, 90-meter “Unique Circle Yachts.” According to Hadid, the overall design is informed by “fluid dynamics and underwater ecosystems, with hydrodynamic research shaping the design of the hull.”

More from the architect, after the break. 

© Unique Circle Yachts / Zaha Hadid Architects for Bloom+Voss Shipyards
© Unique Circle Yachts / Zaha Hadid Architects for Bloom+Voss Shipyards

“The exoskeleton structure of the upper section is an interwoven network of supports that vary in thickness and lend a natural aesthetic to the yacht’s external appearance; evoking the organic structural systems of natural marine formations and connecting the various levels and decks of the ship seamlessly via expressive diagonals.” Departing from traditional yacht design, the prototype’s exoskeleton “creates an intense connectivity between the various decks and elements of the design.”

© Unique Circle Yachts / Zaha Hadid Architects for Bloom+Voss Shipyards
© Unique Circle Yachts / Zaha Hadid Architects for Bloom+Voss Shipyards
© Unique Circle Yachts / Zaha Hadid Architects for Bloom+Voss Shipyards
© Unique Circle Yachts / Zaha Hadid Architects for Bloom+Voss Shipyards

The 90m JAZZ yacht is the first of the five Unique Circle Yachts that has been technically specified and detailed by the naval architects at Blohm+Voss. Its lineage from the 128m master prototype is evident, with further technical refinements to address the specifications required for ocean crossings.

© Unique Circle Yachts / Zaha Hadid Architects for Bloom+Voss Shipyards
© Unique Circle Yachts / Zaha Hadid Architects for Bloom+Voss Shipyards

“As a dynamic object that moves in dynamic environments, the design of a yacht must incorporate additional parameters beyond those for architecture – which all become much more extreme on water. Each yacht is an engineered platform that integrates specific hydrodynamic and structural demands together with the highest levels of comfort, spatial quality and safety,” explained Hadid.

© Unique Circle Yachts / Zaha Hadid Architects for Bloom+Voss Shipyards
© Unique Circle Yachts / Zaha Hadid Architects for Bloom+Voss Shipyards

Dr. Herbert Aly, CEO and Managing Partner of Blohm+Voss adds: “The idea of the Unique Circle Yachts allows for variation of a genotype and its phenotypes, offering a range of possible solutions based on an cognate platform. As a result Zaha Hadid’s design is malleable to suit the very individual wishes and needs of a potential customer which lies at the heart of Blohm+Voss’ approach to yacht design. The strength of the design lies not just in its functionality and form, but also its effortless adaptability.”

  • Architects

  • Design

    Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
  • Design Team

    Thomas Vietzke, Jens Borstelmann, Daniel Widrig, Sofia Daniilidou, Ben Grubert, Phillip Mecke, Patrick Euler
  • Naval Engineering

    Michael Von der Heide, Thomas Sperling
  • Visualization

    Moka-Studio
  • L O A

    90.0M (295 FT)
  • Beam (Max)

    16.0M (52FT)
  • Draught

    4.2M (13FT)
  • Speed (MAX)

    16.0 KN
  • Cruising Speed

    14.0KN
  • Range

    5000 Nautical Miles
  • Class

    Lloyd’s Register
  • Propulsion

    2X2160 KW, Diesel via gearbox to fixed prop
  • Manoeuvring System

    1 X Bow thruster
  • Photographs

News via ZHA, Blohm+Voss

Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Zaha Hadid Designs Superyacht" 30 May 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/444766/zaha-hadid-designs-superyacht-for-blohm-voss/>
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21 Comments

Md Rasel Mridha Photo editor · April 01, 2016

Its one of the best design i have ever seen.

Nabil A · September 30, 2014

what a beautiful stuff...You keep inspire me..Mama Zaha..As a student Architect I love this.....cant wait to see it live

Thiefsie Taffer · June 24, 2014

Don't all hulls take cues from hydrodynamic research? Must be worth a few extra 0's here

UmiD KarimoV · January 08, 2014

Architect must have a humor...

mankhool · November 15, 2013

Beautiful. Thank you Ms. Hadid for creating a unique yacht. I look forward to seeing the finished project. Best Wishes from Vancouver, Canada.

qwl · November 10, 2013

???????????? ?

Miguel Sanchez · November 04, 2013

Oh Zaha, you have becomed the Miley Cirus of architects. Nobody cares about your "art" but you keep people talking about it

Carl Sagan · November 29, 2014 09:19 PM

THANK YOU

Luca Silenzi · November 03, 2013

This is marketing, not a masterpiece in yacht design. Nouveaux riches still seem to prefer weird, out-of-scale knickknacks and ZHA concepts definitely look like naff, over-designed, hypertrophic floating sneakers. Period.

Look at Wallypower118, instead: it seems 20 years ahead, although designed in 1999.

Andrew Michler · November 03, 2013

Can it jump a shark?

George BAcon · November 01, 2013

The bubble-gum boat!

Michael F. · November 01, 2013

Shouldn't ZH figure out how her designs handle water leakage on land, before she starts putting them in the ocean?

Cristian · November 01, 2013

Kokal'tulah!

Silouan Allan · November 01, 2013

This is just too much. Too much Zaha Hadid. Reprieve please.

Leo Ximenes · November 01, 2013

Blohm+Voss: 'Ms. Hadid, we want you to design a boat for us. Cute shoes, btw!'
Zaha Hadid: 'Thanks. Sure, we'll have a concept ready by the end of the week.'
(One week later)
B+V: 'Hello. Ms Hadid? We got your drawings...thank you. It's...it's...it's quite...interesting.'
ZH: 'I knew you'd like. It evokes the organic structural systems of natural marine formations and connects the various levels and decks of the ship seamlessly via expressive diagonals departing from traditional yacht design.'
B+V:’ Yeah, sure…great stuff. The thing is…this is not exactly what we had in mind. You see, the design of a yacht must incorporate additional parameters beyond those for architecture – which all become much more extreme on water. Each yacht is an engineered platform that integrates specific hydrodynamic and structural demands together with the highest levels of comfort, spatial quality and safety.’
ZH: ‘What’s your point??’
B+V: ‘Well, we’re not sure your Yacht will… float.’
ZH: ‘…’
B+V: ‘How about this: we have OUR architects design the boat, but we pay YOU to put your nametag on it?’
ZH: ‘Well, ok. But make sure their design is ‘informed’ by mine. Like a genotype and phenotype thing.’
B+V: ‘Oh, definitely. You’ll be very pleased with our design of your design, I guarantee.’

Chad in Montana · November 01, 2013

As a sailor I can say that is the most superfluous bunch of unnecessary dribble I've seen on a boat in a long time. All that "extra" stuff only adds weight, drag, noise, and added maintenance. If you want to see how a boat should be built for efficiency and performance look at the current America's Cup boats. While I'm sure the clients for the Hadid boats could care less and are out to make a statement, her boats are nothing more than eye candy and a display of pompous wealth and arrogance. With boats form should follow function; I guess it does.

Eric in Colorado · November 01, 2013

ENOUGH ALREADY ! ! ! !

Neme · November 01, 2013

HAHAHHAHA
this is serious idiocy

guillermo · November 01, 2013

thank god Zaha will never lay eggs!

joe · November 01, 2013

boat,shoe,building ... if it is a trick, oh what a trick it i$.

garym · November 01, 2013

"fluid dynamics and underwater ecosystems, with hydrodynamic research" ... HA! ... more like one trick pony!!!!

Arvidsson · November 01, 2013

Carrier has arrived.

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