Zaha Hadid has joined an armada of architect-designed yachts with a new concept for leading boat builder Blohm+Voss. With striking organic lines and an exterior skeleton that comprises of interwoven supports that sweep from one deck to the next, the 128m master prototype is signature Hadid in its sensational form. For those oligarchs who find the original Unique Circle Yacht concept too much of a floating sculpture, five 90m versions have been drawn up with watered down interpretations of Hadid’s creative vision.

Inside, Hadid’s yachts are even more spectacular. The freeform frame of a skylight in the master stateroom descends to become the bed, ceilings mimic the sea with their undulating waves, and plunge pools on several decks appear to be more like naturally occurring rock formations.

John Pawson, Lord Foster and Philippe Starck – as well as artist Jeff Koons – are just some of the other starchitects who have all made waves with their yacht design. But, as ever, Zaha Hadid’s sculpture-at-sea is more of a tsunami of never-seen-before boat ideas.

“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.”
- Zaha Hadid