Zaha Hadid – The Capital Hill Residence

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.

Vladislav Doronin‘s Capital Hill Residence Designed by Zaha Hadid


Capital Hill Residence Animation from OKO Group on Vimeo.

The two met a dozen years ago when Doronin hired her to plan a condo building in Moscow that ultimately failed to win government approval. By then, he says, they had become friends.

“I still wanted to do something with her,” Doronin says. The two met in London’s tony Mayfair neighborhood. He explained what he was seeking. “I want to see blue sky above the trees. You have to go above the forest. She basically designed it at the table.</p?

‘Do you like it?’ she asked me. I fell in love with it.”

Miami Herald

“We had lunch together. I explained the kind of land I’d bought. It’s one of the best locations in the Russian countryside. I told her, ‘When I wake up, I don’t want to see any neighbors. I want to see blue sky and the trees. I want to feel free.’ She asked, ‘How high are the trees?’ I told her around 30 meters. So she took a napkin and drew. I told her I liked it, and we started to develop my house from there.”

Surface Magazine

“I always wanted to build something with Zaha. For me Zaha is a great architect, not just of this century but of the next century, too. She has vision. And like me, she loves Malevich.”

-Evening Standard

A selection of other press coverage on the Capital Hill Residence can be read through the following links:

“How Zaha Hadid’s spaceship house landed in a Russian forest” by Edwin Heathcote in Financial Times

“Zaha Hadid’s Only Private Residential Home Is Now Completed” by Nick Mafi in Architectural Digest

“Zaha Hadid’s final (and only) residential project rises from the Moscow suburbs” by Katie Davies in The Calvert Journal

“Zaha Hadid’s Only Private Residence Is Finally Completed” by Keith Estiler in Hypebeast

“Zaha Hadid’s only house finally completes in Russian forest” by Jessica Mairs in Dezeen

“’Zaha’s vision allowed me to have all I wanted’ says client of Hadid’s only house” by Amy Frearson in Dezeen

“Zaha Hadid’s only private residence features a soaring tower elevated above the treetops” by Philip Stevens in Designboom

“Ein Immobilienmogul hebt ab” by Philipp Löwe in Der Spiegel

“Zaha Hadid’s only private residence is finally complete” by Lauren Ro in Curbed

“Capital Hill Residence, Zaha Hadid’s first and only private residence, finally completes” by Hope Daley in Archinect

“Capital Hill es la única residencia que la arquitecta Zaha Hadid diseñó en vida” in AD Mexico

“Zaha Hadid’s Only Private ‘Spaceship-Looking’ Residential Home Completed In Russian Sloping Forest” in World Architecture

“Zaha Hadid’s Only Residential Design is a Futuristic Russian Fortress” by Chris Danforth in High Snobiety

“Zaha Hadid’s only realised house was finally unveiled” by Danil Boparai in Dezeen

“Moscow Home Designed by Zaha Hadid” in Cool Hunting

“Residencia privada en los bosques de Rusia por Zaha Hadid. Capital Hill Residence” in

“Zaha Hadid’s amazing house for ‘Russian James Bond’ sits in forest near Moscow” by Coleen Hawkes in

“Uma casa desenhada por Zaha Hadid que mais parece uma nave especial” in Idealista News https://www./news/imobiliario/internacional/2018/04/13/36019-esta-casa-desenhada-por-zaha-hadi-parece-um-nave-espacial

“The spaceship-like house Zaha Hadid designed in a forest for the ‘Russian James Bond’” by Coleen Hawkes in Domain

“Incredible £100 million home designed for ‘Russian James Bond’ looks just like a SPACESHIP” by Patrick Knox in The Sun Ireland

“Only Private Residence Designed by Zaha Hadid Completed in Russia” by Lynsey Free in Strelka

“Ilyen lett a ház, amit az orosz James Bondnak tervezett Zaha Hadid” in

“Zaha Hadid’s only house is finally completed in Russia by Adam Williams in New Atlas


“Design Digest: Zaha Hadid” by Jennifer Baum Lagdameo in Dwell

“The Capital Hill Residence By Zaha Hadid” in Visual Atelier 8

“Inside Zaha Hadid’s first and only private residential project!” by Tora Agarwala in AD India

“Capital Hill Residence is the Only Home Ever Designed by Zaha Hadid” in The Manual

“6 Breathtaking Zaha Hadid Designs in Faraway Places” by Alexxa Gotthardt in