project *marinka @ Kiev, Ukraine

decorative wall Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture

 

Vitalis bought an apartment in the very heart of Kiev 4 years ago, when the construction works were hardly launched. Arguments for the purchase – downtown location, the Dnieper view, impressive metric area (380 m²) and a roof exit. Planning of the space took about a year, 2 more were spent on the renovation, and only 6 months ago the owner finally moved in.

Choice of an architect was approached by Vitalis with maximum responsibility: he even invited a dozen of tenders for the contract. The winning bid was offered by 2Bgroup agency, which introduced the interior in minimalist style designed of natural materials.

On the top level the space was left open, without any walls, and the first level included a bedroom, a small study, a library and a playroom. A spacious terrace was turned into a relaxation zone: here the owner takes hot and sun baths, and cooks. A glass pavilion was arranged with winter in mind, it’s equipped with an infrared and Finnish sauna.

The apartment features 4 sanitary units, including an open bath in the host’s bedroom and 2 WCs designed as railway containers. Thus, a great deal of attention was paid to the water supply system. Individual water purification system enables the owner to use common running water for drinking. The finish is done mainly of natural materials, in some places left were simple concrete surfaces. All the installations are operated by a Smart Home system. Vitalis also took care of good sound: a special acoustic system creates surround sound in the entire lodging.

Specially for installing the built-in Bulthaup kitchen set, brickwork was counted up to millimeters, so that recesses perfectly matched the appliances. A big mudboard includes 2 concealed drawers. In one of the concrete pillars openings for wine bottles are arranged according to the dot pattern in the word “wine” in Braille script.

The Host:
Vitalis, a businessman

Number of rooms: 5
Metric area: 380 m²
Ceiling height: 3.3-4.6 m
Floor number: 11

room                 Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture  According to the design of the building the wall with the stairs has to be a fire-ladder. Thanks to illumination and dark transparent flooring it feels like there is no overlap here at all.

at the wall Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture  A decorative wall is made of old wood boards, which were randomly fastened and painted white. The boards were fastened together from both sides in order to prevent shriveling and cracking of wood. Decorative stone-shaped padded stools by Smarin are meant for matching the pebbles, which cover the open bathroom floor on the first level.

room                   Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture  A lamp, resembling the Luxo L1 from Pixar’s logo, turns the scale at 500 kilos. Its reduced copies are also present in the study and the kid’s room. This lamp along with 2 searchlights put on both sides of the sofa are responsible for lighting the lounge zone.

lounge ceiling Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture  An old camera is the architect’s housewarming gift to Vitalis.

old camera Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture  A guest’s bathroom and a small walk-in closet by the entrance hall are custom-designed as railway containers from the architect’s drawings. Special type traditionally used for numerating shipping containers has encoded a few interesting figures. For instance, the first one stands for the total weight of all people’s brains in the world.

guest’s bathroom Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture  The green hedge is equipped with a built-in system of automatic watering, which handles the entire perimeter from top downward. On the top the control unit is concealed by cactuses. 24-hours spotlights give the plants necessary amount of light. The lattice shielding the stairs was initially planned to be glass, but in the end the idea was given up: evenings the glass would reflect artificial light and visually narrow the space down. Symmetrical order of grid cells creates the felling of tranquility and openness.

green hedge Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture  The top level features a fireplace and wooden floor covering ordered from Holland. Vitalis planned to have the same flooring on the first level, but at that point in time it was no longer manufactured. Then the covering was ordered from the Ukrainian producers, who handled a matter with address.

fireplace Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture  The first level includes a small study decorated with engineering drawings of the lodging. Here you can also see a big aquarium with exotic fish and a flax-upholstered couch. The interior was made with maximum use of natural materials and in reserved color range.

small cabinet Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture
big aquarium Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture

Block work on the wall is made of pieces with beveled surfaces. Such peculiarity provided for random order of laying.

block work on the wall Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture  An open bath in the bedroom was one of the major owner’s demands. The option of taking a bath and enjoying the Dnieper view was his special wish. The floor here is inlaid with pebbles. Decorative clips by Adriani & Rossi on the ceiling are utilized as hangers. Most of household articles are concealed in the embedded recesses.

 

open bath Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture
bath Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture

A sanitary unit in the bedroom is also designed as a container. A closet is also located here.

toilet  Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture
closet Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture

Brutal ceiling beams were left unclosed on purpose. Ceiling height on the first level had to be decreased for the sake of hiding all engineering installations.

brutal ceiling beams Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture  A dark built-in cabinet is planned for storing books. Traditional arm-chairs in the library are replaced with colored mattresses by Roche Bobois.

dark built in cabinet Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture  For a 6-year-old son of Vitalis, who sometimes stays with his Dad, the new apartment was equipped with a playroom featuring an isolated bathroom and a closet.

playroom Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture
playroom  Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture
bathroom     Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture

The artist invited for painting the walls was drawing with her left hand in order to imitate the touch-and-go sketches of a small kid. The bookstand can be easily transformed by putting the shelves into different slots. A ruler-shaped carpet was gotten from Spanish designers GAN Rugs, while the shelves modeled as running people were custom-made from the architect’s drawings – their dimensions had to be calculated very precisely, so that they didn’t overlap the other built-in shelves.

room interior       Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture  An open terrace is closed along the entire perimeter with a thick tough glass. In the daytime one can take here sun or hot baths, and evenings – build a fire in a specially arranged place. White arm-chairs by Gervasoni glow in the dark.

open terrace Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture
open terrace  Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture

Lamps on the grass are designed as ribbons cutting the space.

lamps on the grass Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture  In wintertime Vitalis takes sauna baths – an infrared or a Finnish one. An anteroom overlooking the city is furnished with cushioned items and a decorative table by Smarin. The adornment of the wall is a painting by a modern Ukrainian artist Nicola Belous.

sauna baths Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture  picture 1470 Luxury And “Smart” Multilevel Apartment Of A Ukrainian Businessman: Loft Style, WCs Created As Railway Containers, A Green Hedge, Two Saunas And A Kingsize Terrace On The Roof architecture

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