A new line of megayachts that Iraqi archistar Zaha Hadid designed for German shipyard Blohm+Voss was unveiled in London. The first model, “Jazz,” is 128 meters long and features a sinuously shaped “exoskeleton” that leaves room for countless plays of light, a trademark of the world-renowned architect.
An archistar wants to make his mark. In whatever field its services are required. There have been many crazy megayachts, starting with Philippe Starck’s creations, such as the Venus, designed for Steve Jobs, or the incredible A designed for Russian tycoon Andrey Melnichenko, which is unclear whether it is a superyacht or a submarine.
THE FIRST ZAHA HADID MEGAYACHT
The renowned Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid has also designed a line of ultra-luxury yachts, presented in London by the Hamburg-based Blohm+Voss shipyard, which specializes in building dream boats. The fluid design chosen by the architect (inspired by hydrodynamics and the marine ecosystem) is reminiscent of the buildings that made it famous, and it amazes with the light effects, created through a kind of mesh that makes up the exterior structure. The “Jazz” model, which measures 128 meters, is just the first in a range of five boats, each featuring different exterior geometries.
AT “BIRD’S NEST”
Indeed, looking at the renderings, the yacht is somewhat reminiscent of the “Bird’s Nest,” the Beijing stadium that was the scene of the mammoth opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics. This is Zaha Hadid’s debut in the world of yacht design: of course, there is no word on how much the boat may cost, which may appeal to billionaires who, like the archistars, want to make their mark.
WHO ZAHA HADID IS
Zaha Hadid (Baghdad, October 31, 1950) is a British naturalized Iraqi architect and designer. The first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, in 2010 TIME included her in its list of the 100 most influential personalities in the world. In 2013, Zaha Hadid Architects with 246 employed architects ranked 45th on the list of the world’s top architectural firms according to BD Insurance Bureau.