Published: Thursday, 17 October 2013
Mike Fulton

Zaha Hadid, best known for her countless landmark buildings as well as award-winning furniture and footware designs, has now moved into the realms of yacht design.

At the recent launch of an exhibition of her work at London’s David Gill Gallery, Hamburg-based shipbuilders Blohm+Voss released details of a new yacht that Hadid is collaborating with them on.

The design of the 128-metre vessel uses fluid dynamics and underwater ecosystems based on hydrodynamic research that dictates the structure and design of the hull. The structure is topped by an exoskeleton structure that is comprised of interwoven support beams. These beams vary in thickness and lend a natural aesthetic to the vessels external appearance similar to organic structures found in natural marine formations. Her design moves away from the traditional strictly horizontal order of design.

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The master prototype conceived for the 128-metre yacht will, in turn, be used to inspire the design of “The Unique Circle Yachts”. That collection of five separate 90-metre yachts will incorporate design philosophies from the master prototype but will include modifications to ensure they meet the technical specifications required to approve the vessels for ocean crossings.

The 90-metre Jazz is the first of these boats to be technically specified by Blohm+Voss’ naval architects. A further four yachts have also been designed to fulfil requirements and requests from their designated owners. Each will have its own individual layout. Each of these yachts could take up to four years to construct depending on the bespoke elements to be incorporated into the final design.

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Hadid said of her approach to the design: “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.”

Blohm+Voss has the proven experience, in-house expertise and capabilities to tailor-make solutions for the most demanding of clients. They are also forever pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation as is shown by some of their launches in recent years; A and Eclipse being good examples.

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Dr. Herbert Aly, CEO of Blohm+Voss said: “On an aesthetic level a superyacht is a great design task as everything is customised down to the last detail. A superyacht is by definition an exercise in total design, where every detail is looked at with great attention and refinement. In the past, shipbuilding elements were used in architecture. Zaha Hadid and her team have taken this ethos and created a bold new vision and a new benchmark in the design of superyachts. The idea of the Unique Circle Yachts allows for variation of a genotype and its phenotypes, offering a range of possible solutions based on one cognate platform.  So her design is malleable to suit all the individual wishes and needs of a potential customer. This 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.”