Yazz Yacht Concept Design By Zaha Hadid

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Pritzker prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid has designed a fleet of futuristic superyachts in collaboration with German shipbuilders Blohm + Voss. A concept for a 128-meter yacht was created as the central design with a series of five smaller vessels titled “The Unique Circle Yachts” modeled after it. A 90-meter yacht named “Jazz” is the first workable design, having been pared down to meet technical specifications for ocean crossings. The diagonal lattice feature covering the yachts is unlike anything else in ship design, though it remains to be seen whether the innovative creations will be made into actual prototypes.

Hadid’s newest project translatse the powerful curves she is known for into the context of seafaring vehicles, namely two conceptual superyachts for German shipbuilder Blohm + Voss. Surely deliberate in their intentions to stupefy, the minds behind these vessels chose a postmodern approach, with honeycomb-like clefs along the exterior to contribute a spacious feel to the ornately white set of ships. A 128-meter yacht was created as the focal piece of this project, complimented by five smaller mock-ups titled “The Unique Circle Yachts” modeled in a similar vein.

“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,” said Hadid. “Each yacht is an engineered platform that integrates specific hydrodynamic and structural demands together with the highest levels of comfort, spatial quality and safety.” The overall design is informed by fluid dynamics and underwater ecosystems, with hydrodynamic research informing the design of the hull. 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 found in natural marine formations. This exoskeleton connects the various levels and decks of the ship seamlessly via expressive diagonals. Whereas traditional yacht designs adhere to a strict horizontal order, Hadid has created an intense connectivity between the various decks and elements of the design.

zaha1The fluid design language of the master prototype has been applied to subsequent variations of the Unique Circle Yachts 90-metre yacht concepts, creating a coherent design with the highest correlation between the various design options. 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 128-metre master prototype is evident, with further technical refinements to address the specifications required for ocean crossings.

 

 

 

Madame Figaro Magazine Winter 2014 Interview with Marianna Holoway

Madame Figaro Magazine Winter 2014 Interview with Marianna Holoway.

Ever wonder how Designers and stylists get their foot in the door? Where they get their inspiration? Where they find the great decor and furniture that grace the rooms and homes of their portfolios?

Well you’re getting those answers straight from the source, up and coming designer/stylist Marianna Holoway.

I interviewed Marianna, asking some of the questions I’ve always wondered about, and she was gracious enough to answer them for us. She also gave me pictures and details from her latest styling assignment, which I think you’ll really like. See it below the interview.

Interview with Marianna

Madame Figaro Interview with Marianna Holoway

Madame Figaro Interview with Marianna Holoway

How did you get started in the interior design and stylist field? Would you say you got a lucky break or “made” your luck by lots of reaching out, networking, doing some free jobs, etc?

I always knew that I was supposed to do architecture and  design. It has been my passion basically my whole life. Growing up, I would go over to my grandmother’s house and re-arrange her whole basement, build little homes with sheets and chairs, and decorate the inside of each “area”.I would say that I “made” my lucky break in the design field (I am still very new, but have been fortunate enough to have had little breaks along the way in a short time, I am looking forward to making more happen!). It is amazing how much you HAVE to put yourself and your work out there when you are first starting! You have to reach out almost anywhere (even if you don’t really feel like it!). You really have to push yourself! You also have to be willing to do some jobs for free, or for extremely low cost in the beginning, in order to build up your portfolio, and clientele. Another HUGE thing in getting that big break is being extremely creative and different; Offering a unique, signature style of your own.

What’s your favorite aspect of being a  designer/stylist? What is your least favorite?

My favorite aspect of design is coming up with new ideas, and “looks”; creating a beautiful little world that takes your breath away, and being able to stand back and see the entire finished product.My least favorite aspect of design are those jobs where you aren’t able to use as much creativity as you would like, for various reasons, but they pay the bills, and help develop you and your business in the design field.

What inspires you the most? Certain natural scenery? A certain store? A book?

A book that has been inspiring me for about a year and half now since I purchased it is, “Flea Market Style” by Emily Chalmers. There is so much beauty and creativity in those pages; I can never get enough no matter how many times I read it! I am also inspired by old movies, and old photographs.

I know I’ve often flirted with the idea of training to become an interior designer or stylist, as I’m sure a lot of my readers have. What tips and advice do you have for someone trying to break into the industry?

My tips and advice (based on what I have learned) would be to educate and inform yourself with the industry. For me, getting my A.A.S. in  Design was a huge thing! It gave me knowledge, credibility, confidence, and I was actually able to call myself a “designer”, rather than a “decorator”, and that felt great (especially after all that hard work!). Another big recommendation I would give to someone trying to break into the field would be to research!! One of the best ways to do that, is by following creative blogs , and just filling yourself up with as much knowledge on trends, looks, what other designers are doing, and try to be totally different from them. My last piece of advice would be to develop your own signature style. Certain projects will be very different from each other, but there should be certain elements that stand out as your “style”, or projects that have your “touch”—the “golden” touch is how you should start thinking of it.

When getting started on a new project or assignment, what’s the first thing you do to get started? Sketch? Research for inspiration?

I research like crazy! My process is as follows: I see the client, find out what they like (style, interests, etc), then usually I will have some ideas pop into my head and a direction that I want to take the project, and then I follow up with lots of research to fully develop it!

What’s your favorite purchase for your home that you just couldn’t live without?

I would have to say my new Roberto Cavalli Sofa . I totally love it. It is 7’ long, tufted, and Black color with a faint gold /leafy pattern to it. It is definitely vintage, and Anthropology looking!

Thanks Marianna Holoway for taking the time to answer those questions – some great tips!

Now for some of her work! Here’s a little background about her latest project:

Since Summer has approached, she had a very important  client ask her to come up with a design for a new public place in the historic area of Athens, En Delfois Bar Restaurant appeared in my desk while I was in the United States.

En Delfois Bar and Restaurant by Marianna Holoway

En Delfois Bar and Restaurant by Marianna Holoway

I fell in love with it only by the dimensions I saw and the location it was. Such a challenge to design a place that it was already successful and famous. Such a great experience! The owners with aesthetic point of view and knowledge about architecture and a very qualified construction team, ready to work hard and create what I had already envisioned in my 3d’s drawings. A custom made procedure. Everything inside had to be a new concept. New materials or materials with an unusual use were in my pallet in order to give a different result.

Unusual combinations, marbles with velvet and RGB lights made the bar, wooden drawers made the exterior surface of the building, gold leaves were the material which covered the walls above the tails, paintings were the materials which replaced the openings instead of doors, bicycles replaced in an unusual way the outdoor lights and with the use of RGB lights made the exterior path so impressive. Luxurious chairs and sofas and an enormous three levels chandelier gave the result I was dreaming to create.

A passionate process for sure. Barbara Oyster wrote on my Blog July 4, 2013. One last important thing in architecture…Go beyond the limits…Imaginative limits, recreational and perceptive limits….Don’t be a normal jerk…Be the master. Not always easy but if you work hard and made the right material research it’s simply inevitable.

 

En Delfois Bar and Restaurant, A Marianna Holoway Design

Once I asked a question in my Blog, “What is the need of a good Architecture?”

I received many and very interesting replies but one was exactly the way I feel. John Daniel said……Architects  must have the ability to know the constructability, resources, environmental impact, social impact, material durability, understanding of how the environment effects the mixture of materials introduced and many other aspects of the building, while maintaining the expression of art or ideology that the building represents and have the leadership to coordinate this endeavor with the countless people necessary to make the project a reality.

These are the rules that drive me every time I devote myself into a new Project.

And one more ….Passion . If Frank Lloyd Wright was still alive, I believe he would

En Delfois Bar and Restaurant by Marianna Holoway

En Delfois Bar and Restaurant by Marianna Holoway

say passion too. Why mention him? Consider this, a college dropout and unlicensed (if I’m not mistaken) he went on to become one of the most prominent architects in the 20th Century. He was recognized by the AIA for his work about 2 years before his death. Having a good imagination doesn’t hurt. Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” The built environment would be nothing more than mere talk without imagination (ie. “deconstructivism”- Frank Gehry’s arena). Regarding faith, one may ask what does faith has to do with architecture? The best demonstration of one’s faith (or belief) is to create something out of nothing, hence the essence of architecture .

En Delfois Bar Restaurant appeared in my desk while I was in the United States.

Such a challenge to design a place that it was already successful and famous. Such a great experience! A custom made procedure. Everything inside had to be a new concept. New materials or materials with an unusual use were in my pallet in order to give a different result.

En Delfois Bar and Restaurant by Marianna Holoway

En Delfois Bar and Restaurant by Marianna Holoway

Passionate procedure for sure. Barbara Oyster wrote on my Blog July 4, 2013. One last important thing in architecture…Go beyond the limits…Imaginative limits, recreational and perceptive limits….Don’t be a normal jerk…Be the master. Not always easy but if you work hard and made the right material research it’s simply inevitable.

 

What is the Need of a Good Architect

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What is the value of architecture? Is it worth the expense? Is design dispensable? Maybe design has become synonymous with luxury and the high street, and its role in making ordinary objects desirable and expensive has overshadowed that of making things and place safe, understandable, durable, energy-efficient and affordable.

The evidence assembled here counters the argument that design is a luxury in the production of the built environment, especially in straitened time. What this blog brings in to light is the true value of good architecture. Design that resolves problems and answers needs will pay for itself over a building’s lifetime. Good architecture has its price. But bad architecture will cost you more.

What I feel is architecture is not just a subject but a way of life. The architects can shape architecture in various forms, but what should he really do is to FIRST see the end users and the Earth…(if you break the harmony of the nature, of the earth there will be no space for architecture). During any project there may be several obstacles which will be laid by various situations, but the architects initial vision should remain intact and that will surely make him a great architect.

Winery Bar

Winery Bar

I sincerely think that a good or great architect is one that is open-minded and very attentive to the space, age, and time that he or she finds, and be responsive to the yearning of their clients, so as to come up with a design that can positively respond to the clients’ intended desire, and function effectively within a confined time and space, which is to a large extent beyond the architect’s control. We summarise the research assessing the value of good design; include case studies that provide the evidence of good practice; and show how clients and those who live and work in a building can get the most out of it when it is created together with an architect and a special designer.

Thank you for following my blog.

~Marianna Holoway~

 

 

Winery Bar Cellar, Magical Drinking and Dining Experience

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The perfect restaurant and wine bar should feel like a luxurious and special place to unwind. It should be stylish, inviting and at the same time functional. At this winery bar cellar you will enjoy a magical drinking and dining experience. Cellar Bar has all expectations covered, with an inviting design, beautiful features and a soothing ambience, plus some added surprises. Designing the Cellar Bar was a team effort between designer Marianna Holoway with the substantial involvement of the clients. The result of this collaboration, is a bar that’s a real gem shining bright in its beautiful home city of Alex/polis Greece.

Winery Bar Cellar

Winery Bar Cellar

The space feels special as a result of the atmosphere that the design effortlessly creates, like the calm River Evros that flows very close to the city. On the surface this space seems simple and calm but behind the surface and reflected on the ripples of changing atmosphere are exciting hidden depths. The stunning design is the result of a lengthy development process, during which both the space and the architectural concept developed in parallel. One very clever aspect of Cellars design is that it simultaneously combines the restaurant and wine bar by dividing a single space into two clearly distinct areas, both in terms of materials used and atmosphere. In the sumptuous wine bar, hot-rolled steel has been used on the wall, floor and ceiling and for the construction of the wine bar counter and the wine storage wall. The striking glass window front floods light into the space by day whilst the muted warm materials and colours used in the design make the most of twilight light as it darkens into night.

In the restaurant, ensures a luxurious dining experience. The gorgeous colour palette gives the space a stylish bold moody feel better of the contrast with the black paint. In the main restaurant area, original features such as the stunning parquet floor have been lovingly preserved, creating a grand yet homely milieu. This is luxury turned up a notch. On the wall opposite the restaurant‚ is a surface covered along its full width with mirror panels. These mirror panels, mounted at an angle, correct the inclination angle of the rear wall and at the same time reflect the special panorama of Pest seen from the restaurant whilst elongating the room. Masculine elements such as the sturdy bar and robust but beautifully designed seating compliment design flourishes such as the use of metallic’s and lighting to add subtle sparkle, enhanced in the mirrors’ reflection, adding to the overall atmosphere.

Winery Bar Cellar

Winery Bar Cellar by Marianna Holoway

A vitally important element of the interior design, as with any interior design, is the lighting concept. This bar is all about atmosphere and the use of light is central to the design. The mirrors and windows make the space feel airy and comfortable at the same time as clever technological inclusions add an extra dimension. The lighting of the bar consists of two parts; one serves to highlight consumption surfaces, which was solved by the use of spotlighting in order to sufficiently highlight both the bar counter and the tables. The other part consists of 80 hanging lights on the ”bourgeois” side, the main function of which is to set the atmosphere and provide general lighting. The entire building is connected to an intelligent regulation system, which allows for the setting of the lighting, music, temperature, or even ventilation according to the time of day, season, or even mood. This is truly thoughtful design.

The end result of the combination of the fairy-tale world from designer Marianna Holoway is a colourful new venue on the gastronomic scene of Alex/polis . Who wouldn’t want the privilege of experiencing dining at the Cellar Bar.

You will find more images of the winery bar cellar here.

Please share and comment below…I adore your participation!!

Crystal Spire Boat Book

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For your convenience please enjoy a copy of the Crystal Spire Boat Book.

Not just sleek in design, the Crystal Spire Boat is powered by a Yamaha F300B outboard motor to go fast and faster. After many years of development for powerboat competitions, the experienced engineering team worked to conceive a catamaran hull that would blend a pleasure boat feeling with phenomenal speed, considering all aspects of hydrodynamics, aerodynamics and aesthetics.

The concept design structured by the geometry of the crystal (reference to the name of the vessel). Designed a new skin and shell, which embraces the existing vessel following the contours, but also shaping the overall volume. This new skin is composed of a semi-perforated structure that follows the geometry of the crystal.

These new sections of the vessel are illuminated with fiber optics so at night it appears as if hovering the upper part where we find two floodlit wings (wings with lights). The casing leaves open the visual field in front of the passengers and to the side. The transparent elements accordingly to the intensity of sunshine, browned (special glass surfaces) to protect from the sun the luxurious interior of the vessel. We might even say that it is sun-energy for photovoltaic solar energy that gives more power to the boat. The upper casing of the boat will receive the highest number of interventions due to the hydrodynamic characteristics of the lower portion should be kept intact. With this logic a set of ribs, convex (cushions) and concave portions Biomimetic logic spread to upper housing organizing the structure at both surface (skin), and at the level functions (cab, front deck-pads, etc). In this way an overall structure, which presents morphological interest, and includes different qualities and materials slides through a single logic sculpture.

Crystal Spire Boat Book

Crystal Boat is a new model of Spire Boat designed by Architect and Designer, Marianna Holoway, CEO of ARCON Design.

 

Introducing the Marianna Holoway Blog

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Welcome to my new Marianna Holoway blog, a work in progress but equipped to share with those who have similar creative interests or perhaps you are in need of my design and architectural services. Regardless, I would appreciate your support and helping me to improve my blog as well as share it with others. And of course there are many places for you to comment…….I adore when you interact with me and give me your opinion of my work.

Currently I have a select few of my projects already prepared on my Marianna Holoway blog. They are there to

The Meat and Wine Company

The Meat and Wine Company

share with you and I certainly hope you run your mouse over my photo album and photos pages to see some of the projects I have done in the past.

Many of you already know my obsession with architecture and design, so the reason I created this was one, my passion, I wanted to share it with others and two, a new venture for myself and my family, more about that later!! My blog will also embrace upcoming projects, as long as there is no exclusivity clauses in the project or in any way would jeopardize my client(s). There are professional ethics codes in my personal world as well as business in which I follow.

Monaco Casino

Monaco Casino

As a lady of design and architecture I look past the fact it’s a male world and allow my work to speak for its self. Those who have followed me through other forms of social media know that my work is very important to me, not just financially but from a point of self-gratification. When I’m able to look at a project and know that what was created came through hard work and my desire to deliver the best quality for my client is why I love what I do. It’s also sort of a legacy I can leave for my children.

I have a few more ideas in which I will soon add to the Marianna Holoway blog, so stay tuned for an upcoming menu item I think you will enjoy too. Being I am completely new to the blog world any feedback you can offer me to improve it, my admin team and I would greatly appreciate it. And if you would, share it with others as I have shared it with you.

Warm regards,

~Marianna Holoway~

 

 

Guess Shoe Store

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This unusual Guess shoe store in Greece skillfully exhibits one of the latest trends in shoe store design and in architecture. It creates a distinctive contrast of a white background color with bright colors of the product itself and or small pieces of furniture and design elements. Creating this color contrast provides an excellent display of the product making it a part of the overall design. The store Guess was recently completely remodeled and

rebranded. The inspiration for the design came from the movie Diamonds are Forever.

Design is a passionate process. Long before any project starts Marianna Holoway is ready to explore ways to turn unstructured creations into FUN-structured opportunities. Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When she creates a project she does it all with passion.

Guess Shoe Store

Guess Shoe Store

The word focus creates fear in many people because it means that they have to control their desires, but for Ms. Holoway the ability to focus on a project helps to create a good working solution in an appropriate amount of time using a suitable amount of resources.

The outside of the building reminds you of a shiny white jewel box. Small elements such as the door handles in a shape of large candy canes add to the overall design theme. There are almost no sharp corners on the inside. And even the images on the walls have a white background with the brightly colored products being a main focal point. The storefront window displays random patterns making it look like Christmas decoration of snowflakes that adds a festive feel to the overall ambiance. Class panels are applied to the ceiling reflecting the light fixtures and making the space to continue beyond the walls. Bisazza mosaic tile was used on the walls. The leather floor was left unfinished but polished. What a creative way to save money on finishes while still making it look great!

See more imgages of this Guess shoe store and other Marianna Holoway Designs.

Crystal Boat 2012 Tender Boat of the Year

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Not just sleek in design, the Spire Boat Crystal is powered by a Yamaha F300B outboard motor to go fast and faster. After many years of development for powerboat competitions, the experienced engineering team worked to conceive a catamaran hull that would blend a pleasure boat feeling with phenomenal speed, considering all aspects of hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, aesthetics, ergonomics, acceleration and endurance. The outcome? It feels like driving a Lotus on an empty motorway.
Crystal Boat

Crystal Boat by Marianna Holoway. Awarded 2012 Tender Boat of the Year.

The concept Design structured by the geometry of the crystal (reference to the name of the vessel). Designed a new skin – shell-which embraces the existing vessel following the contours, but also shaping the overall volume. This new skin is composed of a semi perforated structure that follows the geometry of the crystal.
These new sections of the vessel are illuminated with fiber optics so at night it appears as if hovering the upper part where we find two floodlit wings( wings with lights ).The casing leaves open the visual field in front of the passengers and to the side. The transparent elements accordingly to the intensity of sunshine, browned (special glass surfaces) to protect from the sun the luxurious interior of the vessel. We might even say that it is sun-energy for photovoltaic solar energy which gives more power to the boat.The upper casing of the boat will receive the highest number of interventions due to the hydrodynamic characteristics of the lower portion should be kept intact. With this logic a set of ribs, convex (cushions) and concave portions Biomimetic logic spread to upper housing organizing the structure at both surface (skin), and at the level functions (cab cab, front deck-pads, etc). In this way an overall structure which presents morphological interest, and includes different qualities and materials slides through a single logic sculpture.CRYSTAL… A NEW MODEL OF SPIRE BOAT DESIGNED BY MARIANNA HOLOWAY

Lengh : 31′ (9.5 mt)
Beam : 9’4″ (2.85 mt)

Construction Material : vacuum-bagged epoxy resins (high quality laminate). CE marking.
The SPIRE® powerboat has been developed and designed using the most advanced 3D CAD
softwares to take advantage of CAM tooling manufacturing process.