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Zaha Hadid’s only residential design has finally been completed in the depths of a Russian forest.

The private residence is a house in the Barvikha Forest near Moscow, designed for Vladislav Doronin, a man that Hadid – the late Iraqi-British architect – was known to have called the “Russian James Bond.”

According to a new video on the project, the design all started with a sketch on a napkin, as Doronin explained to Hadid; “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.” The house’s most prominent addition is a concrete stalk that rises above the rest of the space, leading to the master suite, which is 22 meters above the ground. The column itself houses an elevator as well as stairs, with windows on each level.

Doronin is the owner and chairman of Aman, a chain of luxury hotels, residences, and resorts.

According to Dezeen, “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.”

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