Kenny Schachter Commissions Zaha Hadid to Build a Boat Fit for Bruce Wayne

Kenny Schachter Commissions Zaha Hadid to Build a Boat Fit for Bruce Wayne
A rendering of the Z Boat, designed by Zaha Hadid for art dealer Kenny Schachter
(© 2012 INK (INKWORKSHOP LLP) and Zaha Hadid Architects)

Kenny Schachter, the outspoken force behind London's Rove Gallery, may be the man who has everything. Not only is his home brimming with a mouthwatering collection of works by his blue-chip artists — the Campana Brothers' plush alligator chair, an Arik Levi's light sculpture, and the faux-hardwood basement floor by Richard Woods, just to name a few — his garage is no joke, either. Rove Cars, the automotive arm of his operations, boasts a 1983 Alfa Romeo, several Porsche models, and a Z-Car, the three-wheeled, 2005 Zaha Hadid commission that looks the way we imagine golf carts will in the near future. The only thing Wayne Manor has over the Schachter estate is the Batmobile, it seems, but even that's about to change.

The mega-dealer has tapped Hadid to create yet another vehicle for his personal use, this time on the water. Rather than designing the predictable — a fluid shape in a shiny metallic finish — Hadid has emerged with something more foreboding: a fragmented, angular vessel sprung from a Christopher Nolan movie. The all-black, 8-meter-long Z Boat (staying on-brand with its name), is being built by French manufacturer Shoreteam in a very limited edition of 12, slated for availability in early 2013. And next on Schachter's wish list, rumor has it, are a Rem Koolhaas-designed hybrid sailboat and yacht. It looks like somebody's building the world's first starchitect super-fleet.