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.
The 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.