Is it a Bird's Nest? Is it a Plane? Zaha Hadid Designs a Superyacht

Posted: October 17, 2013  |  By: Cahal Milmo [The Independent]

To the untrained eye, it might be a post-modern cheese grater or perhaps the results of a brave but doomed attempt to build with putty. It is in fact the next must-have for any self-respecting plutocrat in search of a waterborne pleasure palace--a Zaha Hadid-designed superyacht.

The Iraqi-British architect has unveiled a range of vessels created for German shipbuilder Blohm + Voss incorporating a sinuous “exoskeleton” of interwoven support beams to give the ships a passing resemblance to the Beijing’s “Bird’s Nest” Olympic stadium.

Dame Hadid, who once said she does not design “nice buildings”, is renowned for her elongated and often curving forms such as the Aquatics Centre for the London Olympics last year. But her foray into marine architecture takes her liking for flowing organic forms to several new levels, at least one of which could incorporate an onboard swimming pool and a 007-style submersible.

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