Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Loft Appartment in Kiev, Ukraine by Architectural bureau 2b.group
February 3rd, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Architectural bureau 2b.group
Working on the Project we tried to prove to client and to ourselves that concrete could be warm, wood could be smooth and metal could be soft. The project itself was a top floor 3-level penthouse with total space of 380sq.m., located in the heart of Kyiv on a Dnieperriver. Third floor of the apartment comprised an open terrace facing Kyiv left bank panorama on a south-east with total space of 250sq.m.
The development of the general concept, project design, and engineering process until construction took one year. High speed construction took another year and a half. In the end, we’ve got an interior that captures a multitude of styles, all designed to offer a seamless collection of textures, colors, shapes and materials.
Wood, concrete, glass, metal, exposed brick – all these materials found their place thighs main living area and surprising lines and details were shaped with their help. A green wall in the living-dining space brings nature indoors and a small terrace just above it allows a fantastic view of the mirror-framed ray-textured wall displaying the TV and sound system.
Living area also features numerous details like the concrete wine rack with the Braille type dots, embedded in the kitchen wall or stone poufs and a red MAERSK container (guest bathroom) that give the living space a unique character. All ceiling light has been substituted with a giant Artemide lamp and two vertical spotlight projectors filling the area with reflected smooth illumination.
The green wall continues down to the lower floor, where a lounge-home office space and a second living space lead to the spacious master bedroom joined with a bath right behind a bed back. In order to hide the master bedroom toilets, authors invented a mobile wooden box stylized as a large parcel. All in neutral colors except for red and green oxidized copper sheets serving as hidden shelf facades.
The children’s room and bathroom look cheery and bold due to young artist paintings on walls and graffiti tags on concrete background. An open rooftop terrace is lined with geometric floor lights and features monolith bar and a fireplace, handmade terrace plank benches and a glass pavilion for winter leisure.
2B.GROUP is an architectural bureau from Kyiv, Ukraine owed by two young architects, Viacheslav Balbek and Olga Bogdanova. For the past several years 2b.group team has got an immense experience and gained a highly estimated renome in the Ukrainian market. 2b.group specializes in simple, accurate, high-quality, and at the same time comfortable and warm designs. A special focus of Bureau expertise lies in lofts and high technological interiors. Its practice areas include urban infrastructure projects, residences, and restaurants to name a few.
Both Viacheslav and Olga hold Masters Degrees in architecture from Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture (KNUCA) (2006)
In 2011, 2b.group won a Grand Prix Award of the Interior of the Year Competition in Ukraine. In addition, one of its projects has been selected as an Honorable Mention (Residence Category) in the IIDA’s 2nd Annual Global Excellence Awards Design Competition.
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