Z-Boat by
Zaha Hadid


Architect Zaha Hadid has been commissioned to design a limited edition speedboat for American art dealer Kenny Schachter (+ slideshow).

Z-Boat by Zaha Hadid

The 7.5 metre-long vessel, named Z-Boat, will feature an asymmetric body made from fibreglass.

Z-Boat by Zaha Hadid

French manufacturers Shoreteam will produce just 12 of the boats and the first is due for release in spring 2013.

See all our stories about Zaha Hadid here, including a car she designed previously for Schachter.

This is the second boat on Dezeen this week, following a speedboat made of wood.

Here's some information from Schachter's website Rove and a few technical details from Zaha Hadid Architects:

These are the first pictures of the Z. Boat - an 8m-long motorboat designed by Zaha Hadid for Kenny Schachter.

The limited production vessel is being built by Shoreteam in France and the first seaworthy boat is due for release in spring next year (2013).

Design Statement:

"The asymmetrical design is sculptural in appearance while practically affording more seating accommodations. In a sense, the bespoke boat is as much a work of art as a Cisitalia sports car in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. 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 using the most advanced means, including materials, software systems and methods of fabrication."

Limited edition of 12 boats plus 4 prototypes
LOA: 7.47 m
LW: 6.60 m
WOA: 2.46 m
Material: Fibre Glass (body structure)
Power: 1 x220 HP Mercruiser
Passengers: 8
Full hull design, all accessories embedded.

  • Trevor Lovell

    Gee, there's a surprise – who would have expected any other form?

  • Bhavnesh
  • Asymmetrcal does not work on the water

  • Simon

    Looks about as speedy as a brick.

  • Sam

    I would say stick to your day job Zaha, but I'm not a great fan of that either.

    • Mariner Geoff

      Damn – beaten me to it!

  • Try to build a paper airplane, do it even slightly asymmetric. Launch it, and see what happens.
    Here the real question is: it does not seem that the asymmetrical design has been seriously matched by aerodynamic point of view. Increasing speed over 30 knots such a thing becomes ungovernable.
    IMHO this is, unfortunately, a form divorced from function. Or, a sculptural static model to keep moored in the harbor…

    • Marc Sassella.

      Absolutely spot on. This is a problem with star designers who have used their fame to slip the restraints of practicality. Hadid’s Maxxi in Rome, for instance, is a wonderful set of soaring staircases – but there’s nowhere to hang the art. The beatified Ive’s iPad is indeed a beautiful object, but it completely fails as a hand-held device as it’s too slippery. Every user is forced to buy a case to cover it up. This is not, by definition, successful design.

  • hanna

    Daredevil Hadid

  • Formphal Lusfunction

    Same SOS (Silly Over-designed Stuff) as the new London Bus by Heatherwick. Imagine you studied Industrial Design for years, and all of those jobs get creamed off by one-trick-pony architects or artists like Heatherwick. Remember what Le Corbusier once said: If aeroplanes were built like houses, they wouldn't be able to fly. Again he's been proven right.

    • JeffK

      Heatherwick…one-trick-pony? One of the most prolific, talented and imaginative designers of a generation? A lot of the above haters seem to completely miss the point of Hadid and for that matter Heatherwick. These people make entertaining design. There are countless rational boring designs for boats, buses and buildings. Thanks heavens for the Hadids and Heatherwicks of this world to make life interesting, and even a little bit silly!

      • F. Lusfunction

        No worries, JeffK, when I said “one-trick-pony” I was referring to Hadid, not to Heatherwick. He is very good, but not an industrial designer. I don’t mind collaboration, but that London bus needs to tick a lot of boxes so why not use one of the well-trained specialists (eg Jasper Morrison).

        Nevertheless, there seems to be a tradition over here to throw every job at one person once he or she has become famous; the same happened to Adjaye, Hadid, and now it’s Heatherwick.

      • jeffG

        Hadid doesn’t make entertaining design, she makes laughable design. Though it’s true that one deserves a laugh, from time to time, while browsing all the usual, boring content of online magazines…

  • Asymmetry for dynamic vehicles in fluids (air, water) can be done beautifully (check out Burt Rutan's stuff). But, this is just style–which is fine, even though I would never want to be the rich guy who owns a boat that looks like a giant gray slipper. Usually, I'm a fan of Zaha Hadid; not this time around…

    • Good point on asymmetry working in Rutan's projects.

      This faceted approach reminds me a lot of the scraped Darpa's concept for a stealth boat —wonder is Zaha's would also be undetectable by radar, in which case all the buyers might end up having names like 'Joaquín Guzmán' or 'Arellano Félix' :P

  • Kevin

    A 70s Hydrostream Viper does a much better job of looking the part…

  • She could try with tai chi as well.

  • mik

    After designing shoes and boats she could also maybe design underwear like David Adjaye. This boat is clearly not developed and it just wants to be different.
    And you really need bad taste to show yourself in that boat. We will wait for the Zaha Hadid bikini collection.

  • Looks like a poorly crafted loafer.

    • Sam

      She did heels. Now she's doing flats.

  • roger

    Love it! Looks like a giant Prada loafer.

  • I think this could have been a vehicle for Batman in The Dark Knight Rises.

    • HEJM

      You mean The Dark Knight Sinks?

  • I think they are wasting time designing this kind of stuff. There’s lot more scope to design infrastructure things for mankind.

  • Jane Ringe

    Looks like Dad’s dropped his holiday sandal in the water.

  • The communication industry is responsible for creating similar “archistars”. Just for a visibility return, the media continue to emphasize any their work, even those with low quality (such as this “boat-slipper”). The architecture, especially for some of these architects, has lost its specific meaning to become only something to shock the common people. How many of their architectures are going to be included and remembered in the culture of humanity, from now to few centuries?

  • Rosana

    Hay un refran que dice: zapatero a tus zapatos. Admiro a la talentosa Zaha pero creo que cuando un profesional incursiona en otros ambitos que no les son habituales y cotidianos su creatividad es solo una experiencia ludica. Este bote esta bien para Batman. Coincido con George lo asimetrico no funciona en el agua. Como prueba estan los botes que crea mi hijo con Legos para jugar en la bañera…

  • Greg

    I think it’s cool. I can imagine a 1970s James Bond villain owning one. He’d probably use it to drive to his private island and underground lair.

  • hahaha

    The creator of Wally boats must be mad she copied his forms :/

    • Hayden

      The creator of Wally boats has nothing to worry about.

  • soreasss

    That looks comfy.

  • Bill Goebel

    Has anyone noted that the cockpit is on the wrong side? Or are the photos reversed?