Academy DTEK

Academy DTEK

Sergey Makhno Architects
Kyiv, Ukraine | View Map
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Andrey Avdeenko

Academy DTEK

Sergey Makhno Architects as Architects

Academy DTEK is a Ukrainian business platform, which specializes in corporate education and training of state sector employees. Sergey Makhno Architects had only 6 months in order to turn 3 234 sq. m. of a just constructed building into an innovative learning environment. Sometimes it took just several hours from the moment of the first visualization to submitting drawings directly to the construction.


The design project of the Academy is echoed with the values ​​of the company. It is ecological and durable as more than 200 000 students visit the Academy throughout the year.


The interior is quite rich: the vertical gardens compete in the majesty with wooden panels on the walls, the led-tape hurries across the mirrored ceiling, the lighting sculpture tries to break through to the 2nd floor, while the ceramic canoes — the author's tile from Sergey Makhno Architects — set sail to the reception desk. But with that, the design remains imperceptible, it does not distract attention — because the main thing here is a human.


Behind the wall of the reception desk, there is a coworking library. Huge ears of authors Elephants armchairs by Sergey Makhno Architects carefully protect personal space but do not cut you off from the outside world. Here, the light runs wild. Metal waves of the wall and smooth pebbles on the coast.


Also on the first floor, there is a cafe with access to the terrace. There’s a zen garden under the ceiling — among the blossom of flowers, ceramic Crust lamps by Sergey Makhno sprinkle the warmth all around the space. When having a cup of coffee, you have a chance to meditate and cleanse the consciousness for future affairs, thoughts, and knowledge.


We go to the second floor by strict stairs, sewn in metal and wood — the unifying elements of the entire space. The sheets of stainless steel are 0,8 mm thick — they are about the flexibility that makes the modern world a little less tough. Here, there are numerous audiences. They are mobile and adapt to various tasks and the number of listeners. So the space doesn't annoy you, and the process of education is a pure thrill.


Designer lamps by Sergey Makhno are the light that comes from under the ground and sprinkles the warmth all beneath the ceilings. Made in limited quantities, from one person to another, at our own ceramic manufacture. Loved by the thousands of fans at the studio debut at the world's largest design exhibition — iSaloni — in April 2019.


When you are at the academy, you are strolling through the pages of the book. Where each chapter has its own main character, but in the final act they all meet for the sake of a common cause.


A good interior gives you the energy of development.


Material Used:

1. Stalkon — cabinet furniture

2. Vam Group — cabinet furniture,

3. Blanche — soft furniture,

4. Midj — chairs in the cafeteria,

5. Brunner — chairs with small tables in the audiences

6. Magis — terrace furniture

7. Icarraro  — terrace furniture

8. Sergey Makhno Architects:

·  Tile: Tetrapod, Flapjack, Grass

·  Lighting: Khmara, Sopilka, Crust, Medusa

.  Furniture: Elephants collection (chairs and armchairs)

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Chairs With Small Tables In The AudiencesBrunner GmbH
Terrace FurnitureMagis spa
Chairs In The CafeteriaMidj
Cabinet FurnitureStalkon
Product Spec Sheet
Chairs With Small Tables In The Audiences
Terrace Furniture
Chairs In The Cafeteria
by Midj
Cabinet Furniture
by Stalkon
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