The House that Zaha Hadid Built: The Only Residence Ever Designed by “The Queen of the Curve”

Visionary architect  Zaha Hadid

had a legendary career, earning the moniker of “Queen of the Curve” for the modern, curving designs of her buildings . 

Her striking structures

grace the skylines of major metropolitan cities around the world, from Miami to Spain, China or Azerbaijan.

She designed hundreds of award-winning buildings

from the aquatics center for the 2012 London Olympics, to a city center in downtown Belgrade, all in her signature flowing style. 

But only one house...

Known as the Capital Hill Residence

the spaceship-like home is defined by fluid geometries emerging from the landscape.

Located in a forested area in Barvikha, Russia

the unique structure is the private home of Russian real estate magnate and philanthropist Vladislav Doronin.

“I want to wake up in the morning and just see blue sky.” 

When Doronin first approached Zaha Hadid to design the house, he had one wish:

So Hadid took a napkin and started drawing.

That was more than a decade ago. After their first meeting, Doronin knew he had found the architect who understood his vision.

Unlike any other of Zaha Hadid’s buildings,

which are almost exclusively set in urban environments, the house is a neo-futuristic building that stands out in the thick forest of trees that surrounds it.

The house has four levels,

with the living room, dining room, kitchen, and entertaining spaces set on the first two floors, also providing access to the indoor swimming pool, and leisure facilities.

Capital Hill Residence sits on a north-facing hillside

with its upper levels rising 72 feet above the ground to give residents spectacular views of the Russian forested landscape.

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