A Russian Billionaire Denies Reports He Is Selling the Only Private Home Zaha Hadid Ever Designed for $100 Million

The house was reportedly intended as a wedding gift for Naomi Campbell.

Zaha Hadid, Vladislav Doronin and Naomi Campbell on August 9, 2012 in London (Photo: Dave M. Benett/FFR 2012/Getty Images)

Vladislav Doronin, a Russian billionaire, real estate magnate, and art collector, had a vision for the home he commissioned from the late architect Zaha Hadid, reportedly as a wedding gift for his then fiancée, model Naomi Campbell.

“I want to wake up in the morning and just see blue sky,” he says beatifically in a video featured on the architecture firm’s website. “I want to feel free.”

Now though, just one year after its completion, the Daily Mail is reporting that Doronin wants to be free of the 35,520-square-foot, four-story home—and that he’s selling it for a cool £78 million (about $100 million). According to the article, the original price tag for the home was £117 million, but now that Doronin and Campbell have parted ways—Doronin and his new supermodel partner, Kristina Romanova, have two daughters—the real-estate mogul is willing to lower his asking price.

A spokesperson for Doronin, however, denies reports (also published in the Sun) that the house is for sale—or that the businessman ever intended it as a gift for Campbell. The spokesperson declined to provide more information.

The home, dubbed the Capital Hill Residence, is a futuristic treehouse built around vertical concrete shafts that soar up above the surrounding Barvikha Forest, outside Moscow. The supervillain-style lair is apt for a man who was once described as the “Russian James Bond,” with a spa, a swimming pool, and even a built-in nightclub.

This article has been updated to reflect Doronin’s denial of the sale.

See images of the residence below.

Zaha Hadid Architects, “The Capital Hill Residence”

Zaha Hadid Architects, “The Capital Hill Residence”

Zaha Hadid Architects, “The Capital Hill Residence”

Zaha Hadid Architects, “The Capital Hill Residence”



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