Starchitect Zaha Hadid—best known for space-age iceberg buildings and slightly controversial Olympic stadiums—has taken her talents to the high seas, embarking on a new line of
modest sailboats superyachts with German shipbuilders Blohm+Voss. Given that at least one of Hadid's previous projects expressed a latent yearning to try her land at boat-ish craftsmanship, everyone probably should have seen this coming.
Hadid's proposed 128-meter (420-foot-long) yacht is made up of lots of swooping white beams that frame sleek, oblong windows—seriously recognizable personal style, here. The entire alien-esque ship is connected by multiple decks, all designed, in the architect's own words, "[to] integrate specific hydrodynamic and structural demands together with the highest levels of comfort, spatial quality and safety."
In a truly collaborative effort, Hadid's proposed design served as a muse for five smaller vessels engineered by Blohm+Voss. Each of these Unique Circle Yachts, as they're named, measure 90 meters (about 295 feet) and emulate key style elements of Hadid's superyacht—think confident amorphic shapes and the same spaceship-like windows—but they're definitely toned down. The end result can be seen most clearly by the JAZZ yacht (?), which will be the first of the bunch put into action. Check out renderings for the entire fleet, right this way.