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"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."

Unique Circle Yachts with the 128m "Mother ship" at the heart of the Unique Circle was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.

A global leader in pioneering research and design investigation

Zaha Hadid, founding partner of Zaha Hadid Architects, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 and is internationally known for her built, theoretical and academic work. Each of her dynamic and innovative projects builds on over thirty years of revolutionary experimentation and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design.

Born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1950, Zaha studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut before moving to London in 1972 to attend the Architectural Association (AA) School where she was awarded the Diploma Prize in 1977. She founded Zaha Hadid Architects in 1979 and completed her first building, the Vitra Fire Station, Germany in 1993. Zaha's outstanding contribution to the architectural profession continues to be acknowledged by the world’s most respected institutions. In 2012 she was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

Zaha Hadid Architects

Designing new parameters of naval architecture

"Mayan Queen IV is, without doubt, one of the world’s most successful and beautiful yachts. She has given her owners only pleasure. Many thanks to all at Blohm+Voss. Let’s do it again."

The 92 metre Mayan Queen IV, built in 2008 by Blohm+Voss, has exterior styling by Tim Heywood Design.

A wanted man

Tim Heywood has an impressive portfolio of the world’s finest yachts also including the Mayan Queen IV. Tim’s design strategy concentrates on the overall conception of large motor yachts and the detailed design of their exteriors. He works in close collaboration with his clients to fulfil their needs and bring their visions to life.

A graduate of the Central School of Art and Design, Tim is based in Rutland, in the centre of England, where he runs a design studio with his partner Vanessa Reville. In 2010, Tim had 10 yachts in the Top 100 world’s largest yachts.

Tim Heywood

The celebrated designer of the Mayan Queen IV

"The elegance of the rigor of engineering."

The 119 metre A, built in 2008 by Blohm+Voss, has an exterior and interior design by Philippe Starck.

Pushing the limits

From the everyday products, furniture and lemon squeezers, to revolutionary mega yachts, hotels that stimulate the senses, phantasmagorical venues and individual wind turbines, he never stops pushing the limits and criteria of contemporary design.

His father, an inventor and aeronautic engineer, gave the young Philippe Starck the desire to create and the capacity to dream.

Philippe Starck

Arguably the world’s most famous and prolific designer

"Blohm+Voss are one of the most competent yards in the world, they carried out our total aesthetic design package on the Eclipse without compromise."

The 162,5 metre Eclipse, built in 2010 by Blohm+Voss, was designed by Terence Disdale.

Terence Disdale

The renowned designer behind some of the world’s largest superyachts

"I was fortunate enough to have been the naval architect for the ECO and the A, as well as the designer of ECO. Blohm+Voss rose to the considerable technical challenges posed by the construction of these remarkable vessels and continue to do so today."

The 119 metre A, built in 2008 by Blohm+Voss, with technical and naval design by Martin Francis.

From art to engineering

From art to engineering, the creative work of Martin Francis crosses a broad range of disciplines. Based in London and in the back hills near Cannes, Martin is naval architect and interior designer who started out building masts for racing sailboats. From there, with a few artistic and creative detours, he moved into superyachts, working with Blohm+Voss on the ECO and the A.

With her unconventional bow and streamlined, stealth design, the A is one of the most striking and unconventional yachts in the world. Martin is extremely proud of the efficient, high-performance hull, which achieves maximum speed with minimal power.

Martin Francis

The brilliant naval architect behind the ECO and the A

"The Palladium is our ultimate 3D expression. The concept was to provide a yacht which can cater for all the owner’s water sports activities and provide luxury open space to relax. With the swimming pool in the sun and lots of casual seating, the main deck becomes the local club."

The 96 metre Palladium, built in 2011 by Blohm+Voss, has exterior and interior styling by Michael Leach Design.

Game changer

Michael Leach Design spent five years developing the Palladium with Blohm+Voss, designing the yacht with incredible attention to detail from the inside out. This yacht is the pinnacle of an already impressive line-up from MLD.

Based in Hampshire, England, MLD is the brainchild of Michael Leach and his partner Mark Smith. The Palladium has won many awards, including Best Motor Yacht (65m+) at the 2011 ISS Gala Awards and four Golden Neptunes at the 2011 ShowBoats Design Awards.

Michael Leach Design

The multi award-winning designer of the Palladium