ARTS & CULTURE
10/30/2013 12:00 pm ET | Updated Oct 31, 2013

This Super-Yacht Puts All Regular Yachts To Shame

Architect extraordinaire Zaha Hadid has done it all. From dancing skyscrapers in Dubai to hidden Russian bungalows, from aerodynamic couches to aqua tables, she's brought her signature curved line to almost every nook and cranny of the design realm.

So it's not necessarily a surprise that the starchitect has recently ventured into an even more extravagant area -- the world of superyachts.

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Hadid has designed what very well might be the ocean's answer to today's bevy of vertical fetes of impossibility. The 420-foot "concept" yacht, created for Blohm+Voss, is a white monster of a boat, adorned with a sinuous exterior that blows the standard cockpit design, well, out of the water. Meant to evoke a "natural aesthetic" informed by the sea's underwater environment, its exoskeleton appears more like the escape vehicle for a futuristic evil villain.

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The yacht design was unveiled earlier this month and has since garnered a slew of varying reviews. They ranged from exuberantly positive:

"What happens when you hire one of the world’s most conceptual architects to design a super yacht? You get a futuristic, sci-fi-looking boat with shapes and lines that are as fluid as the water it glides on," Digital Trends' Les Shu wrote.

To comically negative:

"Countless breakfasts were unduly dislodged earlier this month when images of Zaha Hadid's superyacht burst on to our screens," wrote The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright. "Completing her collection of oligarchs' accessories... the queen of the curve has now applied her love of convoluted geometries to a floating gin palace."

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Check out Hadid's designs for yourself below. If you're not taken with the massive motherboat -- 420 feet is pretty long -- Hadid has also designed a set of five miniatures, measuring in at 295 feet each. Because why not have a yacht for each member of the family?

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