Vladislav Doronin’s private residence, designed by Zaha Hadid. (Photo: D. Fiser/Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects.)

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 Pritzker-prize winning architect, Dame Zaha Hadid, and subsequently commissioned her to design a residence for him located on the north-facing hillside in Barvikha, where pine and birch trees grow up to 20 meters high. 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 sculpture and a livable space emerging from its surrounding landscape.

The residence is divided into two components—one merges with the hillside while the other floats above the treetops. The residence emerges from the landscape with fluid geometries and dynamic views of the forest. Comprising entertainment spaces, an indoor swimming pool, fitness and massage areas, sauna and hammam, as well as guest rooms and exterior terraces, the residence is an expression of Mr. Doronin’s health-centered lifestyle and passion for both wellness and hospitality.

The Capital Hill Residence is the only private residence designed and built by Zaha Hadid during her lifetime.

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

“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.” by Spencer Bailey in Surface Magazine

“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 Metalocus.es

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

“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.” by Jane Wooldridge in Miami Herald

“Uma casa desenhada por Zaha Hadid que mais parece uma nave especial” in Idealista News 

“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 HVG.hu 

“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 Artsy.net