location: 11 Solomenska St., Kyiv, Ukraine
area: 431 m²
We made a full redesign of the restaurant and rethought old Italian traditions with a contemporary design angle. Lucca restaurant has been working in Solomensky district for ten years and has gained a reputation as one of the best Italian restaurants in Kyiv as well as high rates on Google and TripAdvisor. In the beginning of redesign, we had recollected the history to find the right new concept for the venue. The restaurant was named after the city Lucca in the Italian region Toscana. It is quite a small ancient city, which still keeps some influence of Roman culture. The main tourist attraction is the Guinigi Tower with an oak garden on the top of it. All here is about traditions – traditions of cuisine, culture and hospitality.
Some elements of urban architecture slipped into the interior of Kyiv restaurant as columns and arches. There are corbel arch, arch-shaped steel decorative elements, strung up to the ceiling and design of curtains. Even bathroom domes here have arc shapes. Columns set the rhythm and emphasize the height of the ceiling, which is more than 4 meters on the ground floor. The impression of a big space is also provided by a wall covered by ceramic tile by Italian brand Mutina from the collection designed by Patricia Urquiola. Three-dimensional tiles create an elegant geometrical pattern which also gives the sense of Italian tradition where ceramics are used as an important interior element. Besides gorgeous aesthetics, it helps to keep the coolness in the space. Tables design also has incrusted fragments of white tiles.
The second and smaller hall is located in the mezzanine. It has a chamberlike setting that is suited for meetings and celebrations with 20-40 guests.
One of the strong points of the restaurant is its Kids Friendly approach. There is a roomy kid’s zone on the ground floor. It has a sliding board, children’ kitchen, washing machine and a cafe with seats for kids. There they shape their restaurant experience. There is a separate kid’s bathroom with a faucet Emmevi Pinocchio of the shape of an Italian fabulous character.
There are plenty of wooden surfaces in the Lucca restaurant. Tables, bar islands’ facades, beams under the ceiling. The floor on the ground floor is made from strong and wear-resistant thermally modified timber, which is important for the restaurant with many visitors. There in Lucca strong habits are respected. Such as a habit to dine in the same venue where a waiter knows that you like panzanella salad without capers and that you prefer Carmignano over all Tuscan wines.
Team: YOD design lab
photographer: Andriy Bezuglov