Ukrainian designer Yana Molodykh has renovated a compact residence in Kyiv, making a light-filled area with storage fitted across the constructing’s present structural framework.
The 50-square-metre residence, which was christened with a housewarming celebration a number of days earlier than the beginning of the Ukraine battle, is a pied-à-terre for a pair that lives in one of many capital’s suburbs and likes to spend weekends within the metropolis centre.
The residence is positioned on the attic stage of a contemporary eight-storey constructing within the historic Podil district, which the homeowners selected as a result of it reminds them of their house metropolis of Kherson.
The present inside was divided by a sequence of metallic columns and partition partitions, with small home windows, zinc-profiled flooring and metal roof beams making the rooms really feel darkish and cluttered.
Molodykh fully reorganised the area, eradicating inside partitions, including efficient soundproofing and enlarging the home windows to let in additional daylight.
The designer wished to create a shiny and eclectic area harking back to Kherson’s resort environment, with supplies chosen to carry pure heat and texture into the daylit inside.
“I aimed to create a real environment of residing underneath the roof,” the designer advised Dezeen. “If you find yourself on the prime of a constructing each motion happens under you, so you’ll be able to observe and benefit from the view. Additionally, I wished there to be no obstacles to sunlight.”
The primary requests from the shopper have been for a comfy residing space and a snug and useful kitchen the place the couple can cook dinner and entertain.
Wooden floors and joinery contribute to the nice and cozy and stress-free environment, Molodykh mentioned, with particulars such because the sheer curtains and paper Akari ground lamp from Vitra including “ethereal” accents.
A few of the constructing’s metal construction was left uncovered whereas different components have been hid behind cabinets in the lounge and the closets within the bed room.
Constructed-in storage that extends all the way in which to the ceiling optimises the residence’s out there peak. And within the eating space, storage for tableware is cleverly built-in behind one of many columns.
The smallest room within the residence is the 6.4-square-metre bed room, which includes a mattress raised on a podium and a wardrobe set into a distinct segment behind a column.
A big beam that crosses the area was boxed in to forestall the uncomfortable feeling of a heavy metallic construction overhead, whereas built-in cabinets by the mattress assist to unencumber ground area.
The residence’s compact entrance space includes a tiled ground and a blue accent door, creating a visible buffer between the inside and exterior.
A small dressing space is slotted in between the beams and columns subsequent to the doorway, hidden behind sliding doorways with mirrored panels.
Geometric patterned tiles additionally characteristic within the rest room, which incorporates a freestanding bathtub and bathe cubicle together with terracotta ceramic sconces by Ukrainian designer Julia Kononenko.
Molodykh blended tiles from 4 totally different manufacturers to create a layered impact influenced by her appreciation of Ukrainian constructivist structure, a lot of which is at the moment falling sufferer to Russian shelling.
“I wished to hyperlink the residence’s inside with necessary buildings close by together with the Zhytniy market and Zhovten cinema,” the designer defined.
“I love their structure, strains, proportions and concepts, so I wished to pay my tribute. That’s the reason the lavatory appears barely totally different from the remainder of the residence. It makes the challenge extra eclectic and extra akin to its environment.”
Podil is one among Kyiv’s oldest districts and at present, its early-Twentieth-century buildings are neighboured by trendy constructions and high-rise lodges.
These various architectural kinds contribute to the cosmopolitan really feel of the neighbourhood, which has not escaped the Ukraine battle unscathed. In March 2022, a missile destroyed a constructing within the district a ways away from the residence.
However Molodykh mentioned that regardless of all the things, folks within the space nonetheless look to their properties as havens amidst the continuing battle.
“Even lately, folks get pleasure from their cosy interiors and heat house environment the place they will spend time with households and shut mates supporting one another,” she mentioned.
Molodykh at the moment lives between right here and Krakow in Poland, as it’s simpler for her to work on tasks from exterior of Ukraine.
Different tasks in Kyiv that have been accomplished simply earlier than the battle and are simply beginning to be revealed in current months embody an all-beige house within the metropolis’s outskirts by architect Sergey Makhno and the HQ of vogue label Sleeper, which is housed in a former shoe manufacturing facility.
The pictures is by Yevhenii Avramenko.