Text by Nick Mafi, Architectural Digest
Zaha Hadid Architects is internationally renowned for their daring landmark buildings, such as the Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan and the Dominion Office Building in Moscow. Now the Pritzker Prize winner has added yet another design to her impressive portfolio: a superyacht. Working with German builders Blohm + Voss, Hadid recently revealed plans for a fleet of futuristic vessels. The designs are what one would expect from ZHA: bold, organic, and original. The 420-foot Unique Circle, the largest of the yachts, comes with a zone with underwater viewing, and the bow has the ability to break through thick ice.
“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,” the late Hadid said in a statement. “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 exteriors are made up of a series of interwoven support beams, giving the superyachts Hadid’s signature touch of simple elegance.
The clean white interiors were inspired by the ocean’s fluid form.
The Unique Circle superyacht comes with a swimming pool that is protected from natural elements by the deck.
The master bedroom overlooks a jacuzzi on the deck.
The Unique Circle (right) influenced the look of the 295-foot vessel, Jazz (left). It’s still unknown when the Hadid-designed yachts will be built.
Images: Zaha Hadid Architects