By Amy Frearson
Zaha Hadid was “an architectural genius” says Vladislav Doronin, the client behind the only house the late Iraqi-British architect ever built.
In an exclusive interview for Dezeen, the businessman reveals how he was determined to work with Hadid on his forest home near Moscow, even though the architect had never built a private residence before.
“I wanted to work with Zaha because she was an architectural genius with great vision,” Doronin said.
“I have worked with many of the world’s best architects, bringing them on board for large-scale projects,” he continued. “Zaha had unique vision, so I wanted to work with her too.”
Doronin is the founder of property companies Capital Group and OKO Group, and also the owner of luxury hotel and resort brand Aman. He commissioned Hadid to design the Capital Hill Residence back in 2006, after unsuccessfully trying to work with her on a larger development.
“When the project I had in mind didn’t get planning permission, I was determined to find something else to build with her,” he said. “My private home was the perfect fit.”
Located in a forest on the outskirts of Moscow, the house comprises a series of fluid forms, typical of Hadid’s architectural style.
Its defining feature is a tower that rises 22 metres above the ground, offering views over the surrounding trees. It also boasts expansive glass-fronted living spaces on the lower levels.
“For this particular home I wanted not only a sanctuary to escape to, above the tree tops, but also a great entertainment space. Zaha’s vision allowed me to have all I wanted for this home,” said Doronin.