Jaw-dropping superyacht rocks web-like exoskeleton
Get ready to gawk. These jewel-like designs from architect Zaha Hadid put your billionaire boat to shame.
I've been dreaming of getting invited aboard a superyacht ever since drooling over a bunch, but now I have a new ship to crave.
Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid has unveiled designs for a series of floating fantasies with German superyacht shipbuilder Blohm + Voss, and they're definitely an eyeful.
They feature an elegant mesh-like superstructure and effortlessly sleek, organic lines. The look is enough to send seagoing oligarchs rushing back to their architects.
The superyachts come in a range of sizes and styles, but the tone is set by the largest, a 420-foot mothership with a luminous, cheese-grater exoskeleton that connects the various decks and the hull.
The smaller superyachts in this conceptual fleet are 295 feet long, and include the Jazz, a workable model with a firm prow. It's one of several Unique Circle Yachts that would have to meet criteria for ocean crossings.
"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," Hadid was quoted as saying in Dezeen.
"Each yacht is an engineered platform that integrates specific hydrodynamic and structural demands together with the highest levels of comfort, spatial quality, and safety."
Blohm + Voss has worked with famous designers such as Philippe Starck on vessel design, but it's unclear when the Hadid yachts will be built, or what astronomical sums they would command.
Clients of the bespoke shipbuilder are able to see the designs, though it could take up to four years to produce one of the yachts depending on buyer preferences, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Meanwhile, check out more images of the designs, which were drawn up by German design firm Moka Studio, in the gallery above.