An uninterrupted circle and movement were the conceptual foundation for Ukrainian architect Alex Bykov’s remodelled interior design of a compact apartment located in the heart of Kiev’s historical district.
“The concept of movement appears through the spatial design areas such as the bedroom, the lounge, the library and the bathroom, all located surrounding the kitchen, the historical symbol of the ‘family’s heart’.” says Bykov. “So you can move from one room to another in an uninterrupted circle, since the spaces flow smoothly into each other.”
“The windows face to the South-East side, which is why the living room and the bedroom are filled with an early morning’s golden shine. The interior has a cozy warm coloring due to the pastel brick walls, the natural texture of wood and soft furniture. During the process of dismantling it was discovered that the doorways had previously been blocked. Alex decided to shift the doorways by using the original bricks with an authentic early 20th centry mark. The brick was bought from junkman and carefully laid into the living room wall.”
“The built-in library – a primary wish of the clients, was designed to house the family library. The library has a podium, which was designed to provide more space for storage. It was decided to make two types of shelves for the library; thus this flexible solution gives an opportunity to change the geometric pattern of shelves in the future.”
Bykov designed all the furniture and prepared individual work drawings. The woodwork was made from low cost materials.
“Artificial lighting is dim, warm and comfortable. Decorative lamps are by Ukrainian designers Anna Popovych and Vasyliy Butenko; the ceiling lamp, which were presented to the newly-weds by close friends as a wedding gift, are by Artemide. Bespoke wrought-iron products also immediately grab attention: the legs for the coffee and dining tables, a mirror in the bedroom, a sleeve for the hood and a window.”