Interior Design
Architects: balbek bureau \ Slava Balbek, Yevheniia Dubrovska
​​​​​​​Project area: 38 sq. m
Project year: 2020
Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
Photo credits: Yevhenii Avramenko
The apartment is located near the Church of St. Nicholas in Kyiv, in a building erected in 1910. The windows and balcony overlook a quiet courtyard, away from any street noise. Previously, the space was cluttered with old furniture, but the owner saw potential in this apartment and commissioned our team to bring out its flair.

Pre-revolutionary buildings have their advantages, such as grand 4-meter ceilings, but working in such buildings is always a difficult process. At the design stage, we encountered quite a few obstacles, such as a leaking roof and a fire in the common corridor on the floor, but these difficulties did not prevent us from implementing the project.
The area of ​​the apartment is only 38 sq m. The architects had a tricky task: to design a living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, wardrobe, and bathroom, to provide enough space for storage, as well as to make space for bulky equipment such as air conditioning and ventilation networks. The design turned out to be simple and concise: the open-plan space begins right by the entrance, which then flows into the private rooms.
The wardrobe, bathroom and laundry rooms are combined in one block, 2.4 meters high, which resembles a "house within a house". This decision made it possible to free up space for technical equipment: it was placed under the ceiling in the laundry area. You access the ventilation and ‘roof’ of this unit via a metal ladder on a rail. It also leads to the top floor in the hallway.
The color scheme is restrained: white walls work well with the pastel shades of the interior elements - the green kitchen, the olive bed, the blue shelf running along the dining area and living room. In the bedroom and dining room areas, we uncovered authentic brickwork reminiscent of the historical past of the building.
It was extremely important for the owner of the apartment to implement the design project without even the slightest deviations. Close attention was paid to every minute detail: colors, textures, intersections of materials.
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