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Project • By Men BureauApartments

RYB apartment

Project name: RYB apartment Location: Kyiv (UA) Sector: Residential Area: 100 m2 Year: 2021   The apartments are located in the Rybalsky residential complex in the Podol district of Kyiv. Since the apartment is located above the commercial area, we had the opportunity to use the space more variably. We divided the entire space into two blocks - a private part (which includes a children's room and a master bedroom with a bathroom) and a public (which includes a spacious kitchen-living room, a bathroom, and a workplace). Caption This place designed to accommodate the needs and emotions of the user, becoming the environment for various scenarios of everyday life. All the main rooms are compositionally connected due to material... More

Project • By Men BureauApartments

WS House

Project name: WS House Location: Kyiv (UA) Sector: Residential Area: 150 m2 Year: 2021   When a few years ago a married couple found their charming old house not far from Kyiv, they only ever intended it to be a country retreat, a place to escape to and from the city on the weekends. Then came the pandemic and our customers discovered something of a taste for country life. That’s why they spend most of their time at the house.  Caption The house is surrounded by the unique terrain and the colors of the house which blend with the environment. Being connected with nature again was what was the owners’ primary need, so it was also the primary purpose of the design. Each room takes natural light in a way to cre... More

Project • By Men BureauApartments

JP Residence

Project name: JP Residence Location: Kyiv (UA) Sector: Residential Area: 130 m2 Year: 2021   JP Residence is the first detached house for a family of two who has long been living in a rental apartment. “We would love to have quiet and a cozy feeling in our new home, fusing an international design sense with Japan’s unique aesthetic.” This was the wish list our client shared with us. Caption The homeowner adores a quiet, simple, natural, and unsophisticated atmosphere. Accordingly, we used a substantial amount of warm-colored wood and plaster, satisfying the homeowner’s needs in a space consisting of 1 bedroom, living room, home office, kitchen, and two bathrooms. We used a big number of circles and a... More

Project • By ExpolightParks/Gardens

Boulevard of Arts by Expolight

Boulevard of Arts - a location in the city center, adjacent to theaters and art objects, which has become a new creative cluster. The task was to maximize the creativity of the space using light techniques. In this concept, we have combined caustic waves that fill the entire boulevard, themed projections, craft lamps and an interactive media screen. More

Project • By ExpolightRestaurants


NON  is a modern restaurant of Uzbek cuisine in Kharkiv, Ukraine.  Cotton is one of the historical symbols of Uzbekistan. That’s why we used it as a part of the design for individual pendant and table lamps, which have become a strong focus of the interior.  Lamps are hand-made with individual designs.  Cotton and glass are very tactile natural materials with diametrically different properties. We placed the cotton twigs in glass bulbs and integrated light into these bulbs. The softness and lightness of cotton create a harmonic contrast with transparent, hard, and smooth glass.  Each glass bulb has a unique shape and relief. The luminaire structure is made of craft glass and brass.  The shape of glass fla... More

Project • By ExpolightUrban Green Spaces

Lighting for a Yavornytsky Boulevard in Dnipro

The boulevard is located in the city's historical area, so it was essential to take this context into account in the lighting project solutions. The boulevard is lit with static warm white light and filled with various light and shadow effects. A special design of luminaires was developed, with three types of adjustable cylinders that create different lighting effects.   The first ones provide light coming through the branches, creating contrasting shadows that imitate the effect of a forest. The second type of lamps applies special craft glass lenses to recreate the effect of sun glare from the water. The third type of luminaires provides contrasting white light in some places with catchy spots to emphasize the architectural deta... More

Project • By ExpolightTownscapes

Interactive Media Sculpture The Cube

Interactive Media Sculpture The Cube on the facade of Chicago Central House has became the first massive media sculpture in Ukraine and Europe that are show the invisible rhythm of the city on its screen using digital content. We live in an era when borders between reality and the digital world are less and less visible. Building materials evolved from wood, stone, concrete, glass, and aluminum to digital materials. That, in particular, have help us create a dynamic sculpture that displays the city life in all its diversity. The sculpture itself is a 5x5 meter cube placed into a glass shell.  Each hour, shapes are generated in six materials. Five of them are demonstrate more traditional textures: wood, stone, concrete, glass, and stee... More

Project • By Vizdome SpaceWorkshops

Studios and housing for artists «Up»

Creative process is a way of creating something new and unique. Achieving the pinnacle of his /her skills an artist constantly moves up and forward. The project slogans are «painting on the walls is allowed!», «be yourself (crossed out) better version of you», «you are unique individual!» The Big Idea is the idea of white box. Nobody knows what is inside. Maybe it’s a gift. Or a package. Or… It is a building-box. The box where ideas and products of intellectual labor are. The entrance to the box presents itself half-raised curtain. One can look inside and see the process of creation. The facade of the building is framed with bright perforated metal panels that look like curled sheets of pap... More

Project • By Vizdome SpaceShops

Scarb – network of boutiques with its own MMORPG

Scarb is an international network of shops where one can buy clothes and accessories created by Ukrainian designers. The word «scarb» means treasure trove. Another meaning of the world – household items that belong to somebody. Salesroom is decorated in the style of modernized traditional Ukrainian country house. The walls are covered with 3D plaster; the floor is covered with wood-like porcelain tile. The showcase is stylized as a window of traditional Ukrainian country house. Fitting rooms are designed like giant pysankas – Ukrainian Easter eggs, decorated with traditional folk designs using a wax-resist method. Key feature of the fitting rooms is using of virtual reality headset. A customer firstly tries on clo... More

Project • By ArchimatikaHousing

Fayna Town (1st phase)

Open and half-open blocks allow to utilize all advantages of the complex, forming a private courtyard, but the opening on the complex’s southern side helps avoid excessive shadowing. A different number of storeys of the complex’s sections allows creating the maximum number of corner apartments for the best layout options. Unlike a regular block that has four outer corners, half-open blocks may have up to 20 corners. To accommodate fully pedestrian courtyards, architects created two-sided entrances to sections of houses - one on the side of the street and the other on the side of the yard. Planning solutions were realized based on the PRO-apartment standard. When starting to work on a project, we analyze the families who are g... More

Project • By ArchimatikaHousing

Respublika Housing (1st phase)

The basic principles adopted for the development of the 1st phase of the project: midrise buildings, urban block planning, separation of pedestrian zones and vehicles, closed courtyards - open streets. Urban blocks are not classical quadrangular, but pentagonal forms a slightly more lively and unpredictable space. The sections are arranged in pentagons, which diverge in petals from the "core" - an area of 80x80 meters with a community center. In the place where the fifth "petal" of housing could be located - elementary school and recreation: tennis courts, football, and volleyball courts. The design of the private courtyards closed on all sides is deliberately opposed to the streets' geometric correctness. The atmosphere here is cozy, sl... More

NewsNews • 20 Jan 2021

1900 Coffee brings life back to a historic Kyiv building

Originally constructed in 1911, this former monument of architecture and heritage by Kyiv architect Alyoshin had fallen into disrepair during the 20th century. By the early 2000s, it was being used as a janitor's office. Recognizing the lost heritage of the building, a gradual restoration commenced, culminating in today's 1900 Coffee, a brand who have made preserving the cultural heritage of Kyiv a core value of their company.  Andrei Bezuglov At the beginning of the project, PVA Architects did not know exactly the condition of the existing building walls, which were concealed by layers of drywall. After four weeks of dismantling layers of wall decor and removing rubbish, the original elements of the building began to emerge.&nbs... More

NewsMaterialization • 3 Aug 2020

Say No Mo challenges traditional concepts of ‘beauty’ through design

Say No Mo is a conceptually new format for a salon. Designed by balbek bureau, a traditional perceptions of a beauty salon – and its gender distinctions – are erased. For example, at the heart of the design is a bar used for both beauty services and traditional cocktail receptions. Yevhenii Avramenko Located within an old building in Kyiv, the salon has a total floor area of 200 square meters over two levels. The ground level features several zones: reception, lounge, manicure/bar and pedicure, with the basement level containing makeup zone, hair care cosmetology restrooms and facilities. With a curved-wall geometry and without a single parallel wall, the space also boasts 4-meter high ceilings. Yevhenii Avramenko On... More

NewsNews • 25 Jun 2020

Kyiv’s best restaurants drawn together within a revitalized industrial artefact

The new Kyiv Food Market is located inside a former military arsenal building dating from the end of the 18th century. Once a cold and empty space, it is now a meeting place that draws together Kyiv’s best restaurants under one roof. The concept was undertaken by the balbek bureau team (architecture) and developed by Alex Cooper, an innovator of food market projects, and restaurateur Mikhail Beilin. Yevhenii Avramenko Spatially, the food court restaurant units ring the perimeter of the space, leaving an open central atrium with approximately 300 seating places. As it was necessary to retain the original atrium height, all auxiliary spaces were placed above the food units.  Yevhenii Avramenko The geometry of the fa&cce... More

Project • By Dmytro Aranchii ArchitectsOffices

Tween Coexistence

Tween Coexistence is a project of business park hall, absolutely white, that incorporates accurately defined functioning fluidity and provides form curvature expression by shadow transitions. The purpose of reception desk transforms into waiting zone, which, in turn, transmutes into the elevator hall.   NAME: Tween Coexistance WORK NAME: PRKLOCATION: Europassage Business Park, Prakhovykg Family str., Kyiv, UkraineAREA: 111 m2DATE: 2018PROGRAMME: Creation of expressive and functional image of the entrance hall denoting contemporary goals of the clientCLIENT: EurosouvenirCONTRACTOR: NeoconPHOTO: Alik Usik, Serhii NikiforovSTATUS: Implemented ARCHITECTURE:Dmytro Aranchii ArchitectsPROJECT TEAM: Dmytro Aranchii, Vadym Mylostiuk, Aliona... More