The client, the Russian developer ‘Peresvet Group,’ commissioned Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) to design an unusual building that would remain modern for another fifty years. Initially, the architects came up with a design featuring very long hovering cantilevers with clear suprematist aesthetics. Although the client liked it, the bold design had to be scaled down at a later stage to fit the size of the site (62 x 50.5 metres). Conceived as long ago as 2004, and completed only this year, the seven-storey building is relatively compact. It also fits in well within the neighbourhood in the south-eastern part of Moscow, dominated by humble industrial buildings and generic housing from the Soviet era.
Its façades are covered with composite aluminium panels that seem to change colour slightly depending on the natural light. Although certainly impressive from some angles, Dominion Tower's exterior design could justifiably be labelled ‘Modest Zaha.’ However, the building is sure to be pleasing to the eyes and hearts of Muscovites, who suffered a great deal at the hands of out-of-proportion development in recent decades.