Sunday, 28 October 2012
Russian billionaire builds spaceship-like house for Naomi Campbell in Moscow
Russian billionaire, the chairman of Board of Directors of Capital Group, Vladislav Doronin, has built a futuristic mansion for his girlfriend Naomi Campbell in Moscow's suburban area known as Rublyovka. The house for the supermodel looks like a spaceship. The unusual house was designed by famous British architect of Arab origin Zaha Hadid. The Russian entrepreneur plans to present the house to the famous British model when they become husband and wife. The house of 2,500 square meters is called Capital Hill Residence. The building consists of two 22-meter-high towers and is designed in ecostyle - a mixture of modern technologies and natural forms. The white mansion stands aloof amidst pine trees. the planning of the house is impressive. The basement will house a Finnish sauna, a hamam (Turkish bath) and a Russian bath. A huge gym is next door. The basement also houses a guest room. On the upper level, there is a reception hall, an indoor swimming pool, a dining room and a kitchen. The house has two children's rooms. The interior of the house is designed in Eco-style. The designer was inspired by the work of legendary Barcelona architect Antonio Gaudi, who did not accept straight lines and liked to use wood and glass in interior decoration. Interestingly, Zaha Hadid does not specialize in private housing. The futuristic mansion for the Russian businessman is a first for her. Hadid has several high-profile projects in her experience: the opera house in Guangzhou, Roca Gallery, the Aquatics Center in London and many other iconic buildings. According to chief architect of "Moscow City" business complex Gennady Sirota, "it is clear that Doronin wants to stand out, while the architect can not resist the proposed fee." It goes about a fee of six zeros, Sirota believes. However, other experts believe that the price of the futuristic project may vary within thousands of dollars, rather than millions. The official website of Zaha Hadid displays sketches and photos of the building on Rublyovka, as well as its interior. According to the designer, she cooperates with Vladislav Doronin on the project. In addition to the mansion for Naomi, she designed "Picturesque Tower" residential complex in Moscow in 2005 on the order from Capital Group. Zaha Hadid is a frequent guest in Moscow. In May 2004, she arrived in St. Petersburg for Pritzker Prize ceremony, which took place in the Hermitage Theater. Zaha was the first woman in the world to receive this award. In 2004, Zaha lectured at the Central House of Architect in Moscow. In 2005, she gave a master class during ARCH Moscow exhibition. Zaha Hadid is a member of the International Advisory Committee for the establishment of Melnikov House museum in Moscow. In the summer of 2008, she brought her unusual work to the Russian capital - Mobile Art Pavilion. The pavilion was a publicity stunt by Chanel fashion house. It was reminiscent of quilted Chanel handbag, but used as a mobile gallery. The pavilion can be used as a mini-museum or gallery to showcase art. As for real estate, which Vladislav Doronin gives to his girlfriend, Naomi Campbell already has a penthouse in Brazil, not far from Sao Paulo. Doronin bought it for $18.5 million. In 2011, Doronin financed the construction of the Eye of Horus villa in Turkey for Naomi. The building was built in the form of the right eye of the Egyptian deity. The building, designed by young architect from Spain, Luis de Garrido, became a birthday present for Naomi. In Moscow, Naomi owns an apartment that Doronin bought her.