You pick up a design language after working with Zaha for years
– like being super- curvy – that isn’t necessarily yours. She’s as fierce as they say and also amazingly charismatic. I worked with her on (Russian property magnate) Vladislav Doronin’s massive Capital Hill Residence in the Barvikha forest near Moscow. He wanted to be above the trees, hence the huge tower. You can take a lift to the top at two speeds – really fast or slow for a more scenic route. We started the project in 2006 and they’re still working on finishing it.