Argued that superyacht design has traditionally

This preview shows page 9 - 11 out of 14 pages.

argued that superyacht design has traditionally relied on rescaling archetypes, that and the industry could benefit from reflecting on the value of transferring some of the techniques summarised. This paper is not the first call for cross-disciplinary superyacht design. There are a number of high profile case studies of Architects designing superyachts, with varying critical success. A desire for crossover clearly exists already: ‘Perhaps this maritime yearning comes from the fact that the boat represents everything the building is not. It is lithe and lightweight, free from the clumsy constraints of bricks and mortar. Their wires and rigs, bulwarks and pinrails, embody an escapist fantasy, removed from the slow and heavy things that weigh down the architect's life of earthbound drudgery.’ Oliver Wainwright [36] 4.1 OCEAN EMERALD SUPERYACHT BY FOSTER ASSOCIATES Figure 23: Ocean Emerald Superyacht (2009) by Foster Associates [37] Though small in comparison to some of the yachts discussed (at 40m), Norman Foster’s Ocean Emerald (Figure 23) clearly demonstrates a transfer of aesthetic cues from his architectural practice. Firstly, it is not white. Instead it opts for a palette of sophisticated greys which is far less jarring than white. Some visual lightness is created by the incorporation of open balustrading along the length of the vessel; its form language is not dissimilar to that of high-tech architecture – neither radical, nor archetypal. 4.2 UNIQUE CIRCLE YACHTS BY ZAHA HADID Figure 24: Unique Circle Yachts: ‘Jazz’ and ‘Master Prototype’ (2013) by Zaha Hadid [38] The Unique Circle Yachts (90m + 128m respectively) are without doubt the most radical visions of superyacht design to date (Figure 24). According to Hadid’s press information, the flowing forms evoke the organic structural systems of natural marine formations’ [38]. The design of the hull has apparently been informed by hydrodynamic research [38]. However, early reviews have been less than complimentary. The Guardian ’s Oliver Wainwright suggests that the Master Prototype is: ‘Like a captured creature writhing in a tangle of ectoplasm.’ [36] Hadid has transferred a cellular aesthetic that she has used in concepts before. The Circle Yachts draw most direct comparison with her plans for the Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre – biomimicry at a vast scale.
Image of page 9

Subscribe to view the full document.

Though the Master Prototype is indeed radical, the family of yachts is less so, the sinuous structure failing to significantly disrupt the traditional white façades. 4.3 ‘A’ BY PHILLIPE STARCK Figure 25: A (2008) by Phillipe Starck [39] Figure 26: Superyacht A in Valletta [40] Starck describes the 119m A as ‘A monolith, an artefact from the future, a line in the sand that makes every boat that came before it obsolete.’ [41] Though not technically an architect Phillipe Starck’s extensive portfolio of architectural projects lends him credibility in the architectural field. Though A (Figure 25) may be revolutionary in form (with its upside-down hull and stacked superstructure it is submarine-esque) its surfaces conform to the archetype. In port it dwarfs the
Image of page 10
Image of page 11

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern

Ask Expert Tutors You can ask 0 bonus questions You can ask 0 questions (0 expire soon) You can ask 0 questions (will expire )
Answers in as fast as 15 minutes