The Capital of Zaha Country
October 14, 2011
All images: Zaha Hadid Architects
New construction photos of what may be Zaha Hadid’s first built house reveal that the project is nearing completion. Capital Hill Residence, so called because it is perched on a hillside in Barvikha, a village west of Moscow, takes the idea of the singular villa as extension of architectural manifesto to new heights! Click to see more architecture for the 1%!
The villa is concrete, steel, and glass structure comprised of two seemingly disparate volumes: the first, a ground condition that follows the contours of the site’s topography, and the second, a stout tower rising from this fluid base–the manner of which bears some resemblance to Mendelsohn’s preparatory sketches for the Eistein Tower or, as does most of Hadid’s work, channels the rapturous energy of Hermann Finsterlin’s biomorphic dreamscapes.
The striations of the natural topography are articulated in a layered space, where the ground volume consists of three tiered levels, including a basement outfitted with a sauna and Turkish baths; a ground floor with living and entertainment space, kitchen, an indoor swimming pool, and parking; and an entry level floor with library and guest and children’s rooms. Three concrete columns, hollowed out to incorporate the house’s mechanical services, a glass elevator, and a staircase, connect this base to the deck of the tower. This fourth level, given over to the master bedroom and lounge space, floats 22 meters in the air with “dynamic” views to the Barvikha forest beyond.
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