This apartment on the 21st floor of a high-rise, belongs to a client with a keen interest in modern architecture, design and art. To conceptualise the space, the client invited architects Artur Sharf and Artem Zverev of YODEZEEN on board. Located in the historic borough of Lypky in Kyiv, Ukraine, the predominant architectural trend of the area remains classical with elements of Art Deco and Empire. And this laid the foundation of the design concept of this home. “We adhered to the principle of ‘less is more'. We created a clean interior with contemporary details using natural materials and custom furniture. This apartment is a gestalt of architectural directions of the entire historic district,” says Zverev.
Spread across a little over 2,700-square-feet, the apartment consists of an open plan layout, dining area and kitchen, with two bedrooms and three bathrooms. The living room opens to a mesmerising view of the Motherland Monument—the highest monument in eastern Europe, standing tall at 335 feet from its base.
The complete absence of secondary partition trussed walls in the main area of the apartment visually expand the space. While the brass and woodwork on the walls serve as a sort of separator for different zones, graphite glass partitions in the guest and master bedrooms divide the space into private areas.
Shades of grey, white and black dominate the colour scheme and blend well with the overall aesthetics of the space. Sharf reveals, “When working on interiors, we often use grey and shades that convey the colour of natural materials. In this project, grey served as the basis for the transfer of sophistication and lightness of solutions. We wanted to create an image of weightlessness, and grey like no other allowed us to achieve this goal.”
Devil in the Details
The apartment combines muted shades with glass partitions made of graphite glass, natural stone with brass, and custom elements, developed exclusively for this home. Thus, every element creates a unique understanding of modern living. “We love the details,” says Zverev. The ceiling and walls are made using decorative mouldings in the Empire style, giving an antique tone to the otherwise contemporary space. The drawings were developed and made by hand by Ukrainian craftsmen.