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Zaha Hadid’s only house finally completes in Russian forest


New photographs and a movie reveal Zaha Hadid‘s only completed private residence – a house in the Barvikha Forest near Moscow, for a man she called the “Russian James Bond”.

The late Iraqi-British architect designed Capital Hill Residence for businessman and philanthropist Vladislav Doronin, who runs property companies Capital Group and OKO Group, and is also the owner of luxury hotel and resort brand Aman.

Capital Hill House by Zaha Hadid

The house’s defining feature is a master suite set atop a slender concrete stalk that raises it high above the tree canopy.

Set 22 metres above the ground, this element of the design offers Doronin complete seclusion. Glazed walls, tucked back from the edge of the floor to create two balconies, afford views out over the tree tops.

A stripe of gridded glazing runs the length of the suite’s supporting column, which houses a glass lift and staircase that allows Doronin to enjoy the view on his ascent and descent.

Capital Hill House by Zaha Hadid

“I told her: ‘I want to wake up in the morning and I want to just see blue sky. I don’t want to see any neighbors and I want to feel free,” recalls Doronin in a new video discussing the project.

“She told me: ‘Do you realise you have to be above the trees?’ and she just took a napkin and drew the sketch. I looked and I said I liked [it] and this is how we started [the] Capital Hill project.”

Zaha Hadid's only house finally completes in Russian forest

Three generous floors partially embedded in the sloping terrain below feature angled glass facades facing into the forest. Broad roofs with irregularly stepped edges overhang the glass walls of each floor.

The lowest level contains leisure facilities, while a lounge, living room and kitchen are set alongside entertaining spaces and a swimming pool on the ground floor. The entrance, guest and children’s bedrooms, and a library are set across the first floor.

Capital Hill House by Zaha Hadid

The concept for the project was first conceived over a decade ago, when the pair met in London and Hadid sketched a design out on a napkin.

Visuals of the project were first unveiled in 2008 and initial photographs of the project emerged in 2011, well ahead of Hadid’s death. But these images mark the full completion of the residence.

“For me she is an architect of a different league,” says Doronin.

“It was very interesting to talk to her, she didn’t talk too much but she was very sharp. She was always to the point, she was very sarcastic, she was very intellectual, smart and sharp woman,” he continues. “It was very tragic what happened, we lost one of the greatest architects of this century.”

Capital Hill House by Zaha Hadid

Hadid’s former business partner Patrik Schumacher, who took over the helm of the company following her death in 2016, describes the project as a dream commission.

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“It’s a dream house. No architect would refuse such a commission,” he says in the video. “Zaha knew Vladislav – a very stylish man – she always compared him to the Russian James Bond who had taste, wealth to create something extraordinary.”

Capital Hill House by Zaha Hadid

“This project is an absolute testament to Zaha’s genius – Vladislav’s genius if you like – of somebody who develops new levels of enjoying life on this planet,” he continues.

“This is a masterpiece. It has Zaha’s signature features of organic intricacy, complexity of spatial arrangement, a lot of surprises, and a lot of craftiness and beauty.”

Capital Hill House by Zaha Hadid

British architect Norman Foster praised the “extraordinary” project in a Dezeen movie paying tribute to Hadid.

Foster recalls Doronin proudly showing photographs of his completed home at a dinner party, and feeling “tremendous disappointment” that he would never be able to share the compliment with Hadid.

Images are courtesy of OKO Group.

Villa K by Paul de Ruiter Architects lies long and low on a German hillside

A+Awards: a swimming pool that starts inside this Architizer A+Award-winning house in central Germany continues out perpendicular to the low-slung volume and projects from the sloped site.

Named Villa K, the home in the forested hills of Thüringen is Dutch studio Paul de Ruiter Architects‘ first project in Germany.

Villa K by Paul de Ruiter Architects

“The realisation of a sustainable villa, discrete and integrated in the natural environment, was the wish of the client,” said the firm, which has also completed a similarly horizontal energy-efficient house in its home country.

“The result is a straightforward, but innovative residence built from only glass, steel and concrete.”

Villa K by Paul de Ruiter Architects

The long, low building is oriented south, so it receives the maximum amount of daylight and reduces the need for artificial lighting. Its overhanging concrete roof prevents glare from the high midday sun.

“The glass facade, without disruptions such as windows or outdoor sun blinds, reflects nothing but the air and offers amazing views over the valley,” said Paul de Ruiter Architects.

Villa K by Paul de Ruiter Architects

A concrete terrace also run along the full length of the front of the property. Just off from the middle of the building, a break in the facade and the roof forms a niche for a swimming pool.

The water continues under the terrace, allowing users to swim underneath and out to a section that extends from the hillside.

Villa K by Paul de Ruiter Architects

Living spaces and bedrooms all look out from the front of the house, while storage and service areas are kept at the back. These include a pantry, a hunting room and a garage with room for six cars.

The building is topped with a green roof, designed to help cool the structure and blend it into the landscape when seen from up the hill. Solar cells are located above the garage and entrance.

Villa K by Paul de Ruiter Architects

A computerised system controls the heating and cooling, which is managed via a heat pump that collects and stores both warm and cold air, then distributes whichever is required when necessary.

“This system is connected to a cooling ceiling and underfloor heating, which guarantees a comfortable living climate every day of the year,” the architects said.

Villa K by Paul de Ruiter Architects

Villa K was completed in 2014, and won in the Medium-Sized Private House category at the 2016 A+Awards.

Organised by Architizer, the awards promote and celebrate the year’s best projects and products.

Villa K by Paul de Ruiter Architects

Their stated mission is to nurture the appreciation of meaningful architecture in the world and champion its potential for a positive impact on everyday life. Find out more about the A+Awards ›

Photography is by Pieters Kers & Patrick Voigt.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S9 AR Emoji are kind of horrifying

At least they have Disney characters

One of Samsung’s messages with the new Galaxy S9 is that it’s “Built for the Way We Communicate Today.” And while that’s a laudable goal, one of the key features behind that message — AR Emoji — doesn’t feel like it connects with the way anyone communicates now, or will want to in the future. At least I hope not.

AR Emoji will widely be seen as a response to Animoji, the new iPhone X emoji that use face-scanning technology to convert facial movement into animated animals that you can send as messages. But the idea and implementation is actually very different. The Galaxy S9 relies entirely on conventional photos from the selfie camera rather than Apple’s complex 3D sensor array, yet attempts to produce something more ambitious and fraught with potential disaster: realistic, yet cartoonish, depictions of your own face.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the results are mixed.

Setting up AR Emoji is simple. You only need to take a single picture of yourself smiling with your mouth closed, and the Galaxy S9 does the rest. From that picture it uses machine learning to create an animated 3D model of your face, which you can customize with different hairstyles, clothes, and so on. It’s more like Bitmoji than Animoji — the idea is to create an avatar of yourself. The clips can be sent as GIFs or PNGs, too, which makes them a lot easier to share than Animoji.

Now look, I’m not the sort of person that particularly enjoys looking at pictures of themselves. But even with that caveat, i was pretty unsettled by the results here. Take a look for yourself:

My colleague Vlad said my AR Emoji looks like 68-year-old Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger. I thought about this, and decided it looks like Wenger would if I tried to make him in the create-a-character mode of a PlayStation 2 wrestling game.

Vlad’s AR Emoji, for the record, looked like this:

Vlad tells me this photo “accurately represents his attitude to these emoji.”

We’ll have to spend more time with the Galaxy S9 to deliver the final verdict on AR Emoji, and of course the phone’s overall success isn’t going to hinge on them. But from our brief testing, they’re a plane crash right into the depths of the Uncanny Valley. They’re not abstract enough to be cute, yet not realistic enough to be authentic.

Samsung may have been a little too ambitious on a technical level, but even then I’m not sure the idea is sound. There’s a reason why Snapchat filters tend to turn you into a bear or a pokémon rather than yourself. And to that end, Samsung has actually announced that various Disney characters will also be available as AR Emoji — which is a much better idea, but one that brings us right back to Animoji.


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