Zaha Hadid Architects designs sinuous solar-powered catamaran

Zaha Hadid Architects designs sinuous solar-powered catamaran

UK studio Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed its concept for the Oneiric solar-panel-covered yacht, developed with Italian shipyard Rossinavi.

Described by Rossinavi as its "green-technology flagship", the yacht would be covered in solar panels on three levels that would fully power it on day trips. It is set to be presented next week during Milan design week.

Zaha Hadid Architects solar-powered catamaran
Zaha Hadid Architects designed the Oneiric yacht

"On a day trip, Oneiric can cruise up to 100 per cent of the time in full-electric mode with zero emissions," said Zaha Hadid Architects.

"On transatlantic crossings, the yacht can cruise in full-electric mode up to 70 per cent of the time, saving approximately 40 tonnes of CO2 compared to a conventional vessel."

Oneiric yacht
It has a sinuous form

Zaha Hadid Architects designed the 42-metre-long, two-hulled yacht with the typically sinuous form associated with the studio.

The main deck features a saloon containing a bar and inbuilt sofas that would open onto a second deck with an inbuilt hot tub that steps down to the sea.

Sun deck on a yacht
The yacht has a large deck

The owner's suite would be located alongside the main saloon and wrapped in a curved glass window to give 180-degree views of the sea.

Above the main deck would be a sun deck covered by a shade topped with solar panels, while four guest cabins would be located below.

Yacht interior designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
Zaha Hadid Architects designed the interiors including the main saloon

The studio designed both the exterior and all of the interior spaces.

"The design of the yacht's exterior and interior is informed by the fluidity and dynamism of ocean waves," said Zaha Hadid Architects.

"The sinuous lines and reflective surfaces of the yacht’s exterior are continued throughout the interior, blurring the boundaries between vessel and sea," it continued.

"The visual and tactile characteristics of the materials within these spaces were selected and arranged to define an immersive environment that accentuates the fluidity of the design."

Owner's suite
The main cabin would be surrounded by a curved glass window.

As the yacht would be powered by solar it would be extremely quiet to sail.

"The serenity on board is visual as well as auditory," said the studio. "Oneiric's full-electric mode is capable of silent operations. In addition, the yacht benefits from the effects of Rossinavi Zero Noise technology that isolates all noise on board from the original source."

Sun deck on Zaha Hadid Architects yacht
The yacht would be topped with a sun deck

Oneiric is not the first yacht designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. It previously designed the Jazz superyacht for German shipbuilders Blohm+Voss.

Other architects who have turned their attention to ship design include Frank Gehry, who designed an entirely wooden yacht and Foster + Partners, which designed a 20-metre-long motor yacht.

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Oneiric solar-panel-covered yacht by Zaha Hadid Architects
Oneiric solar-panel-covered yacht by Zaha Hadid Architects
Oneiric solar-panel-covered yacht by Zaha Hadid Architects
Oneiric solar-panel-covered yacht by Zaha Hadid Architects
Oneiric solar-panel-covered yacht by Zaha Hadid Architects