zaha hadid designs spaceship house for naomi campbell zaha hadid designs spaceship house for naomi campbell
oct 26, 2012

zaha hadid designs spaceship house for naomi campbell

‘capital hill residence’ by zaha hadid

russian billionaire vladislav doronin has commissioned zaha hadid to design a house in moscow, russia for his supposed supermodel girlfriend naomi campbell. the spaceship-like abode is located in barvikha, surrounded by pine and birch trees reaching up to 20 meters high providing a bit of privacy. the overall design of the 2650m2 ‘capital hill residence’ features two spatial components. the main program materializes from its hill-side location, housing the more communal living and dining spaces, while an approximately 22-meter high tower structure, reminiscent of a periscope, emerges upwards from the central volume offering dynamic views of the surrounding wooded landscape.

construction development of the residence

a 22-meter high tower emerges from the main volume offering views of the wooded area

general view of the house in context

conceptual rendering of the house by night

rendering of the ‘capital hill residence’ aerial view

view of the subtle undulating rooftop

ground view

rendering of the spaceship-like houses position within the hillside landscape

the tower hosts the private bedroom area, overlooking the wooded area

rendering of the bedroom quarters

rendering of the living space

rendering of the ground floor with stairs leading to upper levels

rendering of the open living and dining areas

rendering of main floor interior

  • Kirk to Enterprise: Scotty..beam that be-atch outta here…fly away girl..please. (The SSDouchebag)

    pashmania says:
  • music please….. nobody does it better, baby you’re the best

    nicey says:
  • Only the rich could have such a freaking awesome structure like this work of art. Personally I would have gone with a more nature look inside so you had both worlds, future outside and a environmental inside with wooden beams incorperated into the structuralaarchitecture of this home……truly an out of this world building I’d love to live in it and be a kid again as if we had crash landed on a planet in a galaxy far far away….lol may the force be with you.

    Ricardo says:
  • She’s such a satanic little gold digger.

    Max says:
  • THIS IS THE WAY TO DO IT IF YOU CAN NO HOLDING BACK TAKING IT ALL THE WAY WHAT A TALENT

    MODERNDESIGN2120 says:
  • If this is “the future” it’s looking grim.
    I give credit to fantasy & when it can be
    afforded but this is a tasteless Jetsons
    nightmare, a cliche! Saha, I think you\’ve
    taken a step back on this one.
    Go back to the future.

    Skipit says:
  • panton chair button version looses to an arty rumpus garden

    SUOAV says:
  • really poor architecture. reminds me of something a first year student would design in attempt to appear more creative than his peers. even the renderings suggest very average spaces for a building that is clearly intended to push the barrier. hooray for computers or zaha would actually have to design something!

    peter zumthor says:
  • Hadid\’s architecture screams \”escape\”. This particular design looks as though it should have gun turrets. As Christopher Lasch presaged in The Revolt of the Elites, the super-rich have achieved escape velocity from the gravitational pull of the very society they rule over……

    McConch says:
  • I am so jealous. Well done girl. Can i come to the house warming PLEASE

    chuballuba says:
  • Next time this little beauty appears in designboom,
    I hope they can afford to hire a photographer.

    Dan says:
  • The funny thing is that before reading the title and seeing the pictures rapidly I was telling to myself that this would fit to some russian oligarchs, they all behave the same way, are all seeking extraordinary and superficial.
    This construction reminds me of some Abandoned Spanish Aeroport Control-towers of the late 90’s…it will be abandoned the same way if it is in russia maybe one day (hopefully will become a public music school or things like that…).

    Paul says:
  • Wait…if one sees this as a monument to a vapid, ego-centric and insensitive motivation…does this not succeed beyond one’s most ambitious wishes?

    Surely…this must rank as one of the truly successful exercises in the celebration of vanity …Hadid is in fact a satirist!!!…marvelous! Brava, Zaha

    Chaszr says:
  • It will be very cheep after ten year.

    RRR says:
  • I had not realised that \”the house of the future\” meant \”the house that one can only afford when one is very, very rich\”. All these curves and rounded surfaces make me a bit sick, but of course I respect the great complexity of the work, and I am sure that it is really a sort of masterpiece in some way, which will be admired in 2050 as the premises of what was going to be common (yet non-standard) architecture. Still, personally it does not make me dream of such a house. Certainly a matter of taste.

    Stephane says:
  • this is a nightmare – hello helloween!

    serena says:
  • Orrible!!!!

    liborio99 says:
  • Where there is no view one can create one. I recall some buildings with a tower from about a century ago that were also located in wooded areas. These were specifically designed for hunting sessions. Needless to say the owners were the moguls of those days.
    Hadid has turned the tower design upside down where the top is the heaviest part. This makes sense because there are living quarters up there not just a look-out nest.
    Still, the Jetsons appearance is hard to appreciate in spite of being a big fan of Sci-Fi.

    Airborne says:
  • The renderings indicate large rooms with coved ceilings. Should the fireplaces smoke and leave soot stains, not an unknown occurrence in even the best houses, repaint the entire room?

    The main living room has floor to ceiling windows with large interior exposed joists between the panes. The staircase has glass railings. Time for industrial ladders every time some dusting/cleaning needed? The tower indentation between the bedroom and living rooms shows no balcony, the large roof overhangs would indicate someone would have to rappel off the roof to clean the window exteriors.

    Lastly, the lower floor main living spaces are dug into the hillside with large concrete retaining walls. It\’s my understanding that Moscow can get enormous snowfalls in wintertime. So for six months of the year snow is going to cover these exterior spaces making for a claustrophobic atmosphere inside.

    Conceptually, it\’s a tour de force. Practically, it going to be a very high maintenance property….. guessing just like it\’s owner?

    rollhills says:
  • this has ‘bond villain’ and ‘lair’ written all over it. agree with most that it’s horrible and vulgar, why would any normal person want to live in a building like that?

    lacullinane says:
  • Jaha proved once again that she designs like a canibal. Only for the few… Sorry only for the very few. The latel Batman concrete tin hut, lacks of everything. Where is really your creativity when you do not adress any of the cutting edge issues around us, and you are still again try to inpsire only a rich and corrupted clientele. Honestly was such a waste reading this article.

    john says:
  • There is a house in Colorado designed at least 35 years ago and used in a Woody Allen movie that looks like this without so many pods…I think it is nice but not so original …

    Chris says:
  • Spiffy looking, hard to tell if it is inspiring to live in. The upper viewing area is a great idea, hope they include some lightening protection.

    Would love to have the window washing contract – I could be a millionaire. Of course if Naomi was wandering around in the all together heck I might do it for free….

    For chrissakes even the firewood is custom made.

    So this is what the super rich will be wearing…..

    greg zurbay says:
  • More of a Dulles International Airport ( IAD ) than a Spaceship no?

    Matthew says:
  • Naomi, after a week: “All I see is trees, all day. Trees, trees and treetops as far as the eye can see…”

    Desiree says:
  • This is so cool! My favourite part is the transparent furniture 🙂

    J-Ray says:
  • Okay… I’m a bit tee’d off. I totally bought that scene in the movie Battleship. After viewing these photos, it’s clear the public was PUNK’D!! That 5th Spaceship never broke apart. That damn thing landed safely in Russia with Hadid in the drivers seat… @@

    Say It Ain't So says:
  • I’m confused.. isn’t this ‘Capital Hill’ house from 2008? At least the project, I’m not sure about the completion date for the construction

    freaky says:
  • What we were after now was the old surprise visit. That was a real kick and good for laughs and lashings of the old ultraviolent.

    doesn'titthough? says:
  • Would make a nice hospital/clinic/psychiatric unit. I would need therapy if I had to live in it. Naomi will be bored looking at all those trees!!!

    James says:
  • Truly sad how some go through life and never get a clue!!!

    RKL says:
  • a house should be appealing, the sight of it should invoke feelings of belonging and comfort. to me atleast, this house screams “aliens aboard- stay away”. but apart from all that, it is truly a masterpiece. just out of context.

    skeptical says:

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