In the Barvikha forest just west of Moscow, you’ll find an extraordinary architectural structure that’s both striking in scale and futuristic design. Hence why it has been dubbed “The Spaceship House”. Spread across 36,000 square feet with a tower that reaches 100 feet skyward, what you couldn’t possibly infer from a visual scan alone is that this Spaceship House – formally known as Capital Hill Residence – extends by another 65 feet below ground.
Capital Hill Residence / The Spaceship House is the US$140 million (AU$185.23 million) private abode of Russian billionaire, Vladislav Doronin: successful real-estate developer and owner of the luxurious Aman Resorts. As it so happens, Capital Hill Residence / The Spaceship House is also the only private abode ever designed by the late Zaha Hadid herself – which probably explains why the entire aesthetic may have presented an element of familiarity.
Completed in 2018 – two years after Hadid’s untimely passing – what you see today was inspired by lunch chat which took place almost a decade and a half ago. Doronin waxed poetic about how he dreamt of waking up, and Hadid sketched some ideas onto a napkin. Remarkably enough, the end result pretty much resembles Hadid’s initial sketches.
“I said, ‘I want to wake up in the morning and not see anybody, just to look over the top of the trees’,” says Doronin.
“‘I want to wake up in the morning and I want to just see blue sky’.”
Given the presence of a 100-foot tower which now holds the master bedroom, we know Hadid more than happily obliged.
The Spaceship House / Capital Hill Residence is no less spectacular from the inside. At least based on what we’ve been told. The public eye has only been afforded a rare glimpse via what Doronin has been willing to surrender in terms of orated details, what Doronin’s representatives have been willing to surrender in terms of orated details, and a handful of accompaying visual confirmations (that aren’t just concept renders). Aside from the usual essential inclusions – i.e. bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, lounge – here’s what we know about the more interesting interior features:
- Subterranean nightclub (yes, really)
- 20-metre pool
- Massage room
- Japanese garden
- Glass elevator + staircase
“It has Zaha’s signature features of organic intricacy, complexity, of spatial arrangements,” says Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid’s former business partner.
“A lot of surprises, a lot of craftiness, and beauty in the honing of the shape and forms.”
Check it out below.