Zaha Hadid Architects created and built different-length versions of Unique Circle Yachts for Blohm+Voss, a respected Hamburg-based manufacturer. The new superyacht line, called the ‘Unique Circle Yachts’ is a family of five individual 90m modern yachts that creatively explore the design philosophies of the master prototype within the technical requirements of fully-engineered yacht unique design.
The exoskeleton is built from an interwoven network of supports meant to look like something organic from the sea, say, waves of kelp swaying between one another. Also, this exoskeleton connects the various levels and decks of the ship seamlessly via expressive diagonals. Zaha Hadid has created intense connectivity between the various decks and elements of the modern design: a language of the master prototype has been applied to subsequent variations of the Unique Circle Yachts 90m yacht concepts, creating a comprehensible and clear design with the highest correlation between the various design possibilities.
“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.”
The modern master bedroom overlooks a jacuzzi on the deck.
The clean white contemporary interiors were inspired by the ocean’s fluid form.
The Unique Circle (right) influenced the look of the 295-foot vessel, Jazz (left). It’s still unknown if and when the Zaha Hadid -designed superyachts will be built.
The design process was very much a cooperative one, with Blohm+Voss and Zaha Hadid Architects working together to address the practical challenges of designing a yacht while remaining true to the strong unique design language of the master prototype. The resulting designs are the synergy and collaboration of Zaha Hadid’s design vision and the technical knowledge of Blohm+Voss, consenting flexibility, and customization in the eventual design of the luxury yacht.
Source: Architectural Digest