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Zaha Hadid's only house is finally completed in Russia

•, Adam Williams

Though only recently declared officially complete, Capital Hill Residence was conceived in 2006. Informed by a wealthy client that he wanted to wake up in the morning and see only blue sky from his plot in Barvikha Forest, near Moscow, Hadid replied "You realize you have to be above the trees?". After receiving an affirmative answer, the architect immediately sketched what became Capital Hill Residence on a napkin.

The concrete and glass structure is classic Hadid: bold, unique, and sure to be divisive, it looks like some kind of futuristic spaceship has landed amongst the greenery. Its most eye-catching feature is the master bedroom suites that are raised on a skinny pillar above the 20 m (65 ft)-high trees that surround the house.

Much of the rest of the huge 2,650 sq m (28,524 sq ft) home is carved into the hillside. The first floor includes the primary living room, dining area, kitchen, entertainment spaces, and an indoor swimming pool. The second floor hosts a library, guest room, and children's rooms.

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