UNIQUE CIRCLE YACHT DESIGN BY ZAHA HADID ARCHITECT FOR BLOHM + VOSS
UNIQUE CIRCLE YACHT DESIGN BY ZAHA HADID ARCHITECT FOR BLOHM + VOSS
ZAHA HADID & PATRIC SCHUMACHER
The design concept, launched at the latest exhibition of Zaha Hadid’s work at the David Gill Gallery in London, is based around the sculptural form of a master prototype conceived for a 128m yacht. In addition, the Unique Circle Yachts by Zaha Hadid Architects for Blohm+Voss is a family of five individual 90m yachts that creatively explore the design philosophies of the master prototype within the technical requirements of a fully-engineered yacht design. The overall design is informed by fluid dynamics and underwater ecosystems, with hydrodynamic research shaping the design of the hull. The exoskeleton structure of the upper section is an interwoven network of supports that vary in thickness and lend
a natural aesthetic to the yacht’s external appearance; evoking the organic structural
systems of natural marine formations and connecting the various levels and decks of
the ship seamlessly via expressive diagonals. Whereas traditional yacht designs adhere to a strict horizontal order, this exoskeleton creates an intense connectivity between the various decks and elements of the design. The fluid design language of the master prototype has been applied to the five subsequent 90m variations of the Unique Circle Yachts, creating a design with the highest correlation between the various options.
The 90m JAZZ yacht is the first of the five Unique Circle Yachts that has been
technically specified and detailed by the naval architects at Blohm+Voss. Its
lineage from the 128m master prototype is evident, with further technical refi- nements to address the specifications required for ocean crossings.
In addition to JAZZ, four further 90m yachts have been designed to fulfil the different
requirements and individual requests of their designated owners. Each design will vary in layout according to the owner’s preferences.
The design process was very much a collaborative one, with Blohm+Voss and ZHA working together to address the practical challenges of designing a yacht while remaining true to the design language of the master prototype. The resulting designs are the synergy of Hadid’s design vision and the technical expertise of Blohm+Voss, allowing a flexibility and customisation in the eventual design of the yacht.
“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.” explained Zaha Hadid.
Blohm+Voss has the proven experience, the in-house technical expertise, and the
capacities to offer tailor-made solutions for the most demanding buyers in the
superyacht market. The naval architects of Blohm+Voss are forever pushing the
boundaries of technology and innovation. In recent years Blohm+Voss has built many of the world’s most prestigious mega yachts.
These include the groundbreaking 394- foot “A “designed by Philippe Starck , the
“Eclipse”, designed by Terrence Disdale, which at 533 feet (162.5 m) is the world’s
second largest private yacht. Other Blohm + Voss superyacht projects include, the
“Mayan Queen IV” and the “Palladium”.
Dr. Herbert Aly, CEO and Managing Partner of Blohm+Voss says: “On an aesthetic level, a superyacht is a great design task as everything is customised down to the last detail. A superyacht is by definition an exercise in total design, where every detail is looked at with attention and refinement. In the past, in the era of steam liners, there has been an attempt of utilising ship building elements in architecture. Zaha Hadid and her team have taken this ethos and created a bold new vision and a new benchmark in the design of superyachts.”
Aly adds: “The idea of the Unique Circle Yachts allows for variation of a genotype and
its phenotypes, offering a range of possible solutions based on an cognate platform. As a result Zaha Hadid’s design is malleable to suit the very individual wishes and needs of a potential customer which lies at the heart of Blohm+Voss’ approach to yacht design. The strength of the design lies not just in its functionality and form, but also its effortless adaptability.”
Zaha Hadid Architects and Blohm+Voss have transformed yacht design; creating
an innovative concept and developing this vision into a fully seaworthy prototype that offers dynamic new possibilities for naval architecture.
CREDIT OF IMAGE
Unique Circle Yachts by Zaha Hadid Architects for Bloom+Voss Shipyards (visualisation Moka-Studio)
CONCEPT FOR 128 METRE YACHT
JAZZ YACHT ( LEFT ) NEXT TO THE 128 METRE CONCEPT YACHT
Zaha Hadid, founder of Zaha Hadid Architects, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize ( considered to be the Nobel Prize of architecture) in 2004 and is internationally known for both her theoretical and academic work. Each of her dynamic and innovative projects builds on over thirty years of revolutionary exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. Hadid’ s interest lies in the rigorous interface between architecture, landscape and geology as her practice integrates natural topography and human – made systems , leading to experimentation with cutting – edge Technologies. Such a process often results in unexpected and dynamic architectural forms.
Hadid studied architecture at he Architectural Association from 1972 and was awarded the Diploma Prize in 1977.
She became a partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, taught at the AA with OMA collaborators Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis, and later led her own studio at the AA until 1987. Since then she has held the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Graduate School of Design, Harward University; The Sullivan Chair at the University Illinois, School of Architecture, Chicago; guest professorsships at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg; The Knolton School of Architecture, Ohio and the Masters Studio at Columbia University, Newyork. In addition, she was made Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture and Commander of the British Empire, 2002. She is currently Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria and was the Eero saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
Zaha Hadid’ s work of the past 30 years was the subject of critically – acclaimed retrospective exhibitions at New York’ s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2006, London Design museum in 2007 and the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy in 2009. Her recently completed projects include the MAXXI Museum in Rome; which won the Stirling award in 2010. Hadid’ s outstanding contribution to the Stirling award in 2010. Hadid’ s outstanding contribution to the architectural profession continues to be acknowledged by the most world’ s most respected institutions. She received the prestigious ‘ Praemium Imperiale ’ from the Japan Art Association in 2009, and in 2010, the Stirling Prize from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Other recent awards include UNESCO naming Hadid as an ‘ Artist for Peace ‘ at a ceremony in their Paris headquarters last year. Also in 2010, the Republic of France named Hadid as ‘ Commandeur de l’ Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ in recognition of her services to architecture, and TIME magazine included her in their 2010 list of the ‘ 100 most Influential People in the World ‘. This years ‘ Time 100 ‘ is divided into four categories: Leaders, Thinkers, Artist and Hereos – with Hadid ranking top of the Thinkers category.
Zaha has played a pivotal role in a great many Zaha Hadid Architects projects over the past 30 years. The Maxxi National Museum of 21 st Century Arts in Rome, Italy; the BMW Central Building in Leipzig, Germany and the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, Germany are excellent demonstrations of Hadid’ s quest for complex, fluid space. Previous seminal buildings such as the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinati, USA, have also been hailed as architecture that transforms our vision of the future with new spatial concepts and bold, visionary forms.
Currently Hadid is working on a multitude of projects worldwide including: The London Aquatics Centre fort he 2012 Olympic Games; High – Speed Train Stations in Naples and Durango; The CMA CGM Headquarters tower in Marseille; The Fiera di Milano masterplan and tower as well as major master planning projects in Beijing, Bilboa, Istanbul and Singapore. In the Middle East, Hadid’ s portfolio includes national cultural and research centres in Jordan, Morocco, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia, as well as the new Central Bank of Iraq.
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