2b.group's 380 sq.m Ukrainian Loft on the river Dnieper

A perfect series of textures, colours, shapes and materials

by Malcolm Clark
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This huge and delightful Loft in Kiev was designed by Vyacheslav Balbek and Olga Bogdanova of the Ukraine architecture bureau 2b.group.

Working on the Project we tried to prove to the client and to ourselves that concrete could be warm, wood could be smooth and metal could be soft”: this is how 2b.group describes the 380 sq.m penthouse, in the heart of Kiev, with a 250 sq.m terrace overlooking the river Dnieper.

An interior that captures a multitude of styles, all designed to offer a seamless collection of textures, colours, shapes and materials.

Wood, concrete, glass, metal, exposed brick – all these materials found their place in the main living area and surprising lines and details were shaped with their help.

A green wall in the living-dining space brings nature indoors. Nothing is left to chance and all details have been designed to give the loft a unique character: the concrete column in the kitchen has been used as an embedded wine rack and there is a red MAERSK container which is employed as a guest bathroom.

Behind the bed in the master bedroom, there is a large wooden bath and the bathroom fixtures have been hidden inside wooden cubicles designed to look like large packing cases for fragile items. The colours are all neutral with the exception of the room with red and green oxidised sheets which are used to hide the shelves.

The children’s room and bathroom look cheerful and bold due to young artist paintings on walls and graffiti tags on a concrete background.

The terrace is lined with geometric floor lights and features a monolith bar and fireplace, handmade terrace plank benches and a glass pavilion for winter leisure.

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