Zaha Hadid was an Iraqi-British architect, she was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. She dazzled the world with amazing buildings that were designed to be noticed. Her architectural projects were a force of nature. It’s been two years since Zaha Hadid‘s death, but her final projects are becoming realized around the globe. Today we will talk about one of the most majestic projects she’s ever done, her only private residential home, it has been finally completed on the Barvikha Forest near Moscow.


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This project is called Capital Hill Residence, it has 2650m² and it has two major components: the first part is merged with the forest landscape, the other part is a a separate tower that floats 22 meters above the ground and provides a spectacular view of the forest over the trees.





The house form is derived from its natural topography that results in fluid geometries that emerge from the landscape and remain partially embedded within the hillside. This project is vertically organised with four levels, the lower levels feature leisure and recreational facilities. The living room, dining, kitchen and an indoor swimming pool are on the ground floor to interact with the natural topography.

As were used to in Hadid’s architecture, the house features an irregular geometry that is harmonised with vertical and lateral windows that creates a “flowing” effect with the wild forest. Some structural parts of the house becomes thick while some vertical components become thin and naive. It reminds us of a “spaceship” on a reasonable scale. Hadid also placed vertical shafts for circulation and services between two of the columns that incorporate a transparent glass elevator and a staircase.



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