Private residential in Russian Forest by Zaha Hadid. Capital Hill Residence

Capital Hill Residence by Zaha Hadid. Photograph by Mary McCartney. Image courtesy of OKOGroup.com
14/04/2018
Private residential in Russian Forest by Zaha Hadid. Capital Hill Residence
[Barvikha - Moscow] Russia
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Capital Hill Residence by Zaha Hadid. Photograph by Mary McCartney. Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Capital Hill is the only private residence designed and built by architect Zaha Hadid during her lifetime.
When a residential project in collaboration with Zaha Hadid did not receive approval by the local Moscow legislature, Vladislav Doronin was determined to work with Dame Hadid and subsequently commissioned her to design a residence for him. Over a lunch meeting they discussed the brief, ‘floating above the treetops, overlooking the forest’ and Zaha Hadid sketched her ideas onto a napkin. The result was the Capital Hill Residence, a fluid monument emerging from its surrounding landscape.
 
The Capital Hill Residence is one of the best works by Zaha Hadid, a celebration of her early visionary expressionism through neo-constructivism of 1970 decade and the visual movement of architecture, making it appear as something organic and fluidg.

Its organic intricacy and its spatial complexity overcame the tipical conditions of space in architecture, than always is fixed and static. Even this project we are agree that acording the words of both architect and client, Capital Hill is a “dream house”.

A building that emerges from the landscape, while remaining partially embedded in a hillside forest outside of Moscow, amongst 20 meter high pine and birch trees, sits the only private house to be designed and built by Zaha Hadid in her lifetime. With a form defined by its natural surroundings, the Capital Hill Residence is divided into two components, one emerging with the hillside while another “floating” 22 meter above ground. Like many of Zaha Hadid’s public works, the Capital Hill Residence is defined by fluid geometries and spectacular views across the Moscow forested landscape.
 
Patrik Schumacher, Hadid’s former business partner and now head of her eponymous architecture studio, says of the house: “It has Zaha’s signature features of organic intricacy, complexity, of spatial arrangements, a lot of surprises, a lot of craftiness and beauty in the honing of the shape and forms.”

Program of the residence is organized into four levels with an indoor swimming pool, fitness and massage areas, sauna and hammam, a living room, dining room, kitchen, as well as guest rooms. The entrance foyer, library, guest room and children’s playroom occupy the first floor, while the master bedroom suites and exterior terraces on the elevated upper level emerge above the trees to take in sweeping vistas of the surroundings.
 

Description of project by Zaha Hadid Architects

Located on the north-facing hillside within the Barvikha Forest near Moscow, where pine and birch trees grow up to 20m high, the Capital Hill Residence is divided into two main components. The first merges with the sloping forested landscape, while a separate volume ‘floats’ 22 metres above the ground to benefit from the spectacular views of the forest over the trees.

The client, Vladislav Doronin, explained to Zaha Hadid, “I want to wake up in the morning and just see blue sky.” Hadid replied, “You realise you have to be above the trees?”

The form of the residence is defined by its natural topography with fluid geometries emerging from the landscape and remaining partially embedded within the hillside.

Architects
Zaha Hadid Architects
Client
Vladislav Doronin, is international real
estate developer, Chairman and CEO of OKO Group, Chairman and CEO of Aman
Area Superficie
30,139 sq ft / 2,800 m²
Dates
2006-2018

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HADID

Zaha Hadid, (Bagdad, 31 October 1950 – Miami, 31 March 2016) founder of Zaha Hadid Architects, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize (considered to be the Nobel Prize of architecture) in 2004 and is internationally known for both her theoretical and academic work. Each of her dynamic and innovative projects builds on over thirty years of revolutionary exploration and research in the...read more