Internationally renowned for the curving forms of her elongated structures, and gravity-defying works of radical deconstructivist institutional, Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid, who has defined a radically new approach to architecture by creating buildings with multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry to evoke the chaos of modern life has now designed an utterly insane spaceship-like 28,500 square foot futuristic mansion for British Supermodel Naomi Campbell and her billionaire boyfriend Vladislav Doronin. Commissioned by Mr. Doronin, a noted Russian entrepreneur and real estate tycoon, this unusual under-construction estate in Moscow dubbed as Capital Hill Residence will reportedly be the home of the couple, after they’ll get married.
BARVIKHA [MOSCOW, RUSSIA]
CLIENT: Capital Hill
The project is located on a north-facing hillside in Barvikha, Russia, within the pine and birch forest where the trees can reach a height of 20m.
The programme of the villa is divided into two main components. The first, lower component is merged with the sloped landscape, while a separate volume floats, 22 meters above the ground to benefit from the panoramic views above the treetops of the Barvikha forest.
The form for the villa comes from the natural topography of the unique site. Adapting the fluid geometries described within the geology of the site and the organic forms of the forest’s vegetation, the building emerges from the landscape, remaining partially embedded in the hillside, in order to articulate the existing surroundings with the artificial landscape. This concept of organic inter-articulation leads to an intricately layered spatial formation that presents itself as a unifed whole with each component referring to its local topography.
The general concept for the design of the villa responds to a strategy that extends the exterior topography to the interior of the building, while its geometrical definition is derived from the surrounding environment of flowing terrain levels that are stretched to generate the new landscape, proposing a continuous integration between interior and exterior spaces.
The main entrance to the house is located on the first floor. Within this grand entrance, the three concrete columns intersect the main roof, introducing slices for skylights and a double-height space. The views from the living room are continued from beyond the grand staircase in the entrance lobby, are framed by double-curvature, in-situ cast concrete structures. These concrete structures serve both a structural purpose as well as dividing the main living room, dining room and indoor swimming pool. The major materials proposed for this project are pre-cast and in-situ cast concrete, steel and glass. To give the interior spaces a sense of fluid continuity, these materials are repeated throughout the villa.