zaha hadid: Z boat
zaha hadid: Z boat zaha hadid: Z boat
jul 15, 2012

zaha hadid: Z boat

‘Z boat’ by zaha hadid for kenny schacter, built by shoreteam

zaha hadid has been commissioned by london-based art dealer and writer kenny schachter to design a limited edition speedboat for his own personal use.

the 8-meter-long ‘Z boat’ will be manufactured by french manufacturer shoreteam, who will produce just 12 of them to go on sale in early 2013.

‘Z boat’ by zaha hadid for kenny schachter, built by shoreteam

‘the asymmetrical design is sculptural in appearance while practically affording more seating accommodations. in a sense, the bespoke boat is as much a work of art as a cisitalia sports car in the permanent collection of the museum of modern art in new york.

the idea is to think of vessels and vehicles as highly individualistic expressions of art, architecture and design reflecting the edge of what is possible using the most advanced means, including materials, software systems and methods of fabrication.’ -design statement from zaha hadid architects

‘Z-car’ by zaha hadid image © zaha hadid architects

zaha hadid has previously conceived ‘Z-car’ for schachter. the two-seater automobile made from carbon fibre features a three-wheel base to reduce parking space, and is hydrogen powered with zero-emissions. the vehicle was later developed into the ‘Z-car II’, a compact four seater, four-wheeler lithium-ion battery alternative.

via architect’s journal and blouin art info

  • “Styled” by Hadid, you mean. Looks like a shoe.

    Biff says:
  • If I had a boat that would be it.

    OJ says:
  • to be used by tony stark…

    raz says:
  • shape has a lot of continental mentality and a lack of marine mentality. put some wheels and it will look like a car. its not marine vessel.

    too much style says:
  • style over substance.

    mosss says:
  • She should just buy new software,
    and see to it, that it does not enter Venexia.

    finnnSloth says:
  • Mosss: ‘style over substance.’

    I couldn’t agree more. She’s done some amazing designs but recently she’s designing in sectors she’s just not qualified to be in. I have no doubt boat designers will look at this, be reasonably impressed but then real off 10 reasons why it can not be built, is impractical or dangerous. She’s just not designing within the same constraints as professional boat designers.

    Another example was Philippe Stark’s mouse for Microsoft:

    He pontificated that fancy ergonomics and numerous buttons were not needed and elegant design was key. The end result was that the mouse looked great but to anyone who was a professional CAD user or Architect, like myself, it was useless. Within two weeks I was back with a standard multi-button ergonomic mouse which was deigned to work for the job I needed it to do.

    I suspect Zaha’s boat would function just as unsatisfactorily in practice.

    Jimbo_Jet says:
  • the software she is using DATED!
    She has to stick to designing houses… yes .. The Museum in Rome is a nice peace put a concurence to the art hanging in there.

  • i’m curious to see how this will translate into reality.

    betsy says:
  • Interesting to see Zaha’s architectural style translated to transportation. Not bad. It isn’t very streamline so not sure how it will function on the water, but I like the faceted look of it.

    Jess says:
  • HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAHAHHAHAAAAAAAA… looks like someone designed it in Form-Z in the early 90\’s before nurbs modelling was created. What a pile of ***.

    thoroughly disappointing says:
  • “looks like a shoe”


    dbkii says:
  • Like so many other famous architects/designers… known for a very specific style, aren’t able to move beyond it and design something new that’s not of their “signature”.

    William Green says:
  • damn tacky

    xxx says:
  • she should stick to “designing” buildings that will never be built

    chris says:
  • it’s a wonderful slipper! wow!

    Gionny says:
  • Besides the fragmented exterior, it really doesnt look different than other speedboats, its just zaha-ified…..which is really all prospective buyers would want in a boat designed by hadid. A piece of her architectural genius boiled down into a boat. So what are we complaining about people? If you wouldnt buy it, then its just not for you!

    just sayin says:
  • to all negative responders just absorb it and see how you feel six months or a years down the line it may be

    over your head now but in time you may get it.

    moderndesign2120 says:
  • I respect enormously Zaha Hadid for her amazing architectual skills, but I believe now that \’function follows design\’ is too for away from design related to aerodynamics on gliding and different speed on watersurfaces

    tish says:
  • Amazing buildings Zaha Hadid, stick to that!

    Your boat looks like a floating coffin, I’m sure you never tried sailing or boating, haha.

    (Hidrodynamics….? Aerodynamics….? what is that, a new shampoo?) LOL

    pol sailor says:
  • logotecture at its finest

    pbkb says:
  • the seat doesn’t look adjustable, but the rider will be having fun, should he notice that if: he can even rest his back, on the padded front area, barefoot (unless the nice color skeem will heat to hurting point)
    now I’m interested in small boats too, not just house-alike boats

    PBLPB says:
  • really? traditional hull design + triangulate plugin; nice work, intern.

    landlocked says:
  • Wow… a lot of design haters out there!

    How about discussing some positives… Perhaps its not the “absolute” correct design but does it push our pre-concieved notions of “traditional boat hulls”… I’d have to say ‘CERTAINLY’!

    This thing isnt safe, it isnt pratical, it isnt a bunch of things but what it is, is… different enough to spark the creativity of others. In some way, that makes it succesful eyy?

    not defending, just objecting as politely as I can… Again, no matter my finances I’d never buy something like this but its sometimes just the thought that creates an entirely new dynamic

    Orhan Cileli says:
  • Looks very similar to an old chaise design I’ve seen….

    John says:
  • hilarious

    bijal says:
  • Style over……um…substance? What substance? We dont need no stinkin’ substance. That said, the commenter who said “certainly!” for a new hull design hasnt spent one second on water. Neither has the designer. Style all you laughably like, but mother nature doesnt bend to you. Try the sea and see.

    charles says:
  • Another Bored of Zaha piece! Not suprised at all. Are your sure is not for Batman?

    Johhny says:
  • Form vs Function, I love the form by the way, not sure about its function though. The other thing missing is batman.

    Trace says:
  • Wow, if I had such a boat, it’s awesome. [url=]modern floor lamps[/url]

    daisy says:
  • Obviously designed to dodge the Thames radar?

    Money'd be nice says:
  • sexy design made for vthe changing times

    Deepak P. Sawant says:
  • Zaha Zaha, when did you stop trying? really ? i mean really?

    ohhhhh... says:
  • wasn’t impressed with her back at the AA

    still am not

    meagain says:
  • A stealth speed boat for the US Military. They will want all 12 of them and will be glad to over pay with the tax payers money.

    YAHEBA says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

design news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
502,528 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample