Designing a residence is a massive challenge because there is nothing more than designing the most intimate space of a person or a family. It’s an immense responsibility. You control the thoughts of the people who wake up in a room, designed, and to the view, it is directed to. The empathy in an architect can be seen, as if looking with a microscope, is reading the residences designed.

Capital Hill Residence, Moscow, Russia by Zaha Hadid- A "fantasy house" - Sheet1

The Capital Hill, more like an aircraft floating over the treetops and glittering like a spaceship, is an ethereal abode which traces its foundation to a lunch table in London. The scene of The Capital Hill’s birth was a cliché in the architectural world because the Pritzker Prize-winning architect sketched, on a napkin, the home for a Russian real estate developer. His idea of the house was simple. He wanted to see the blue sky from a place where the landscape was dotted with Pin and Birch, which were 25 meters high. 

Vladislav Doronin, the owner of the house, wanted to work with Zaha. When he failed to work with her on massive projects, he commissioned her to build him, not only a sanctuary to escape to, above the treetops, but also a great entertainment space. Her visions allowed him all he wanted. He valued her intellect, vision, her enormous skill, and also her friendship.

Capital Hill flaunts Hadid’s mark components—swapping bends, cantilevering rooftop shades, and glass spreads, to give some examples—however, the home, all in all, is an exciting encounter. Seeming desolate, it inclines toward the woods, getting one with it.

The house’s type is obtained from its unique geology, bringing about liquid calculations like rising out of the scene and remaining halfway inserted inside the slope. Vertically composed more than four levels, the lower levels include relaxation and recreational offices. The essential family room, feasting, kitchen, engaging spaces, and indoor pool are argued on the ground floor to collaborate with common geography.

Capital Hill Residence, Moscow, Russia by Zaha Hadid- A "fantasy house" - Sheet2

On the main floor, the planner structured passageway hall, library, a visitor room, and kids’ room to effortlessly be available, while the main room suites, with outside porches, are arranged on the upper level over the treetops. Three substantial segments are associated with the two primary segments of the house, making an immediate discourse between these levels while also working as auxiliary components.

As consistently found in Hadid’s design, the house includes an unpredictable calculation orchestrated with vertical and parallel windows, making it like a “streaming” impact inside wild timberland. Some fundamental pieces of the house turn out to be thick, while some vertical parts appear to be slender and guileless. However, in the house, the harmony between the lighting and generally massing is proportional to uncover itself as a “spaceship” on a sensible scale.

Hadid set vertical shafts for flow and administrations between two sections and joined a straightforward glass lift and flight of stairs. The principle passageway of the living arrangement is structured on the main floor, where the three substantial sections converge with the rooftop, characterizing bay windows, and twofold stature space. A two-fold bent cast solid structure outlines the view to the woodland from the front room while also supporting the rooftop by partitioning the living territories.

“I met Zaha in London a decade ago at an event,” explained Doronin. “We were both impressed by and attracted to the works of Kazimir Malevich and El Lissitzky. We spent the rest of the evening speaking about art and design. It was during this meeting I decided I wanted to work with her on a real estate project.” Says the Russian James Bond.

Capital Hill Residence is additionally a tribute to the Russian vanguard and references artist and architect El Lissitzky’s Wolkenbugel proposition from 1924. The Wolkenbugel, or ‘sky-holders’, was a progression of eight low high rises intended to be made of glass and steel.

Including raised piers set above open-confronted lift-shafts, Lissitzky’s high rises were proposed to check the significant crossing points of Moscow’s Boulevard Ring, where the most unusual traffic was produced. Everything would be conveyed to the structure by level traffic, which would then be shipped vertically by lift, before being redistributed an even way. Hence, Lissitzky, who worked with Swiss architect Emil Roth on the proposition, planned the pinnacles to be a progression of spatial advances: the even volume would be ‘indeed useful.’ At the same time, the vertical would be ‘the help’ or ‘the important.’ This would include lucidity for the inside design, the architects accepted, which would be utilized for workplaces. Likenesses in auxiliary format between Hadid’s Capital Hill and Lissitzky’s Wolkenbugel proliferate. 

Capital Hill’s two principal segments are associated with three substantial sections, which build up progression between the three levels. Vertical shafts required for flow and services are situated between two segments and consolidate a straightforward glass lift and flight of stairs. Furthermore, the principal access to the home is situated on the primary floor, where the three sections meet with the rooftop and characterize bay windows and a twofold tallness space. From the family room, the timberland’s perspective is encircled by a two-fold bent cast solid structure, which bolsters the rooftop while also isolating the living regions.

Conceived in 2006, the first conceptual visuals were revealed in 2008. The Capital Hill Residence is, as it were, a festival of early visionary innovation, from expressionism through constructivism and the visual dematerialization of engineering, causing it to show up as something quick-moving and natural, instead of fixed or static.

Patrik Schumacher, Hadid’s previous colleague and now top of her eponymous design studio says of the house: “It has Zaha’s mark highlights of natural, multifaceted design, unpredictability, of spatial game plans, a great deal of shocks, a ton of cunning and excellence in the sharpening of the shape and structures.” But significantly more than that, it is, in the expressions of both architect and clients, a “fantasy house” — as much dream as the real world, a thought of engineering that despite everything appears to be some way or another unthinkable.


Sana, an architecture undergrad at Jamia Millia, is a staunch believer that the world owes it's beauty to architects. The ever-expanding concrete jungle is aesthetics, from the thoughts of an architect behind it. Foodie by nature Sana loves traveling, music; and an empty canvas is all that makes up an ideal day for her. She can binge-watch documentaries in sweatpants nights down. She aspires to live a life less ordinary.