Zaha Hadid’s New Boat Design

Award-winning Iraqi/British architect Zaha Hadid has teamed up with London art dealer Kenny Schachter to design the asymmetrical Z -Boat, a sleek, limited-edition eight-passenger vessel made of fiberglass. In her design statement, Hadid compares the boat to the imaginative Cisitalia Sports car that is part of MoMA’s permanent collection, saying, “The idea is to think of vessels and vehicles as highly individualistic expressions of art, architecture and design, reflecting the edge of what is possible and using the most advanced means.” Schachter has commissioned French manufacturer Shoreteam to design 12 7.5-meter vessels that will be released in early 2013 (they are currently available for pre-sale).

The Z-Boat is not the first futuristic brainstorm from Hadid and Schachter. The two teamed up in 2005 to construct the three-wheeled Z.Car, which never made its way to production but did appear in 2011 at Hadid’s retrospective exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Best known for designs such as the Vitra Fire Station in Weil am Rhein, Germany, and the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hadid was the first woman to receive the prestigious Pritzker Architecture prize in 2004.


Left: The Vitra Fire Station in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Right: The Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, Ohio.