Superyacht by Zaha Hadid for Blohm + Voss

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Superyacht by Zaha Hadid for Blohm + Voss

Zaha Hadid has teamed up with Hamburg-based shipbuilders Blohm + Voss to design a superyacht. The concept is based on the sculptural form of a master prototype for a 128m yacht – presented at an exhibition of the architect’s work at the David Gill Galleries in London – and is accompanied by “the unique circle yachts“, a family of five 90m vessels also designed by Hadid. Fluid dynamics and underwater ecosystems inform the organic shape of the luxury boat, with hydrodynamic research having played a larger role in the development of its hull.

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The entirety of the master prototype is enveloped in an exoskeleton structure that is composed of a network of supports that vary in thickness. The webbed formation of the boat’s upper area lends to the overall natural aesthetic employed in the external appearance, which references marine formations. This external shell visually and physically connects the different levels and decks of the ship via diagonals, opposing traditional yacht concepts that follow a stricter horizontal order.

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The formal design language seen in the master prototype is applied to the schemes of the “unique circle yachts”. The first of this series of smaller boats is the “jazz” that has been technically specified and detailed by naval architects at Blohm + Voss so that it matches the requirements needed for ocean crossings. The “jazz” has been envisioned as a customizable boat whereby owners will be able to choose their own layout according to their preferences.

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“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 Zaha Hadid.

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