zaha hadid designs 128m superyacht for blohm + voss

zaha hadid designs 128m superyacht 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.


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.

side view of the exoskeleton structure that unifies the levels of the luxury boat



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.

detail of the fibrous looking web that forms the exterior shell




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.




front view of the 90m ‘jazz’




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 attention and refinement. in the past, in the era of steam liners, there has been an attempt of utilising ship building elements 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,’ says dr. herbert aly, CEO and managing partner of blohm+voss. ‘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.’




interior pool on the project ‘jazz’



top view of the ‘jazz’



twin view of project jazz (90m) and the master prototype (128m)



project info:


architect: zaha hadid design
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
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: 5000mm
class: lloyd’s register
propulsion: 2×2160 kw, diesel via gearbox to, fixed prop
manoeuvring system: 1 x bow thruster

  • I’m sure she uses the same sketch everytime haha.

    will says:
  • Oh-my-f***ing-God….

    Adri says:
  • totally unnecessary

    brod says:
  • OK. Now make it

    Dr Design says:
  • Anybody else tired of her squiggly lines?

    Abonomi says:
  • “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.”

    Seriously??? If you asked me to come up with a yacht that Zaha Hadid designed without seeing it first it would have looked exactly like this. I think it is her obsession with herself that is informing the shapes here…

    Did she consider anything other than form here? Visibility out of windows? Exterior maintenance/cleaning??? All the little nooks she has created are just BEGGING for seabirds to hang out in…and leave messes.

    This is akin to Daniel Liebskind saying that the Denver Art Museum’s form was inspired the Rocky Mountains he saw as he flew into Denver for the first time. Lies!

    Chris says:
  • Appropriate. Wretched excess in design meets wretched excess in life.

    Mac McDougal says:
  • Zaha has now jumped the shark.

    Frank says:
  • Absolutely God awful!
    I have been in ship and yacht design for 20 years and I have never seen such an ignorant design.
    There is no way this is going to receive DNV certification – for one thing, where are the life boats?
    You’re gonna need them if this tub gets in anything more than 10 meter high seas, which will punch out all of
    that large glazing. Zaha has zero knowledge of ships.

    trimtab21 says:
  • there is a lot of waves around when you are on the sea; did you need more resigning function like decks etc ? More ego, less brain:)))

    aaa says:
  • This will be right at home in the Pacific garbage patch.

    Daivro says:
  • It is all relative. The design is no more complex than the spiral of the Nautilus. Quite the contrary, I see this as an aesthetic synthesis. It’s beautiful.

    solo says:
  • Terrific, oks like my X wife [Lin Berlitz Hilton ] and her 5th. husband’s DILDO ! TIDE Ferrari racing, palm beach

    TIDE yacht & ship sales, Vezelay, France says:
  • Would FEADSHIP do a yacht like this? TIDE yacht & ship.

    TIDE yacht & ship sales, Vezelay, France says:
  • I think we have a problem here. What is all of that garbage on top of a perfectly lovely yacht.
    It would make one claustrophobic to say the least.
    Reminds me of what Frank Gehry does with buildings.
    This cannot be Zaha Hadid or maybe it can be.
    It looks more like someone wanted to make it into a Hadid yacht and it obviously was just slapped onto the existing yacht and design be damned.
    Shameful excess and hideous to boot!

    Ron Smith says:
  • Are there any scale model wave pool videos that demonstrate how this behaves in challenging seas?

    Miiiisha says:
  • Belissimo!!!

    Carlos Lima says:
  • Desing for the People! Hadid’s barbarian nature in whole glory!

    John Iris says:
  • I’m curious to find out how much “DESIGN” Zaha took part of. She probably walked up to an intern and crumbled up a piece of paper and demanded that it be interpreted as a multi-million dollar Yacht.

    snowman says:
  • Beautiful! Extreme!

    Donna says:

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