Soak in the exuberance of that outside view. This apartment has been designed to be the perfect personal viewing deck for its inhabitants. A relaxed interior with an industrial and uncluttered look means your attention is never diverted for long from the panoramic views of the picturesque world outside.
Located in Kiev, the apartment belongs to an art connoisseur, who works as a DJ and travels a lot. It was his love for art and keen eye for design that guided the inspiration for this renovation project. With this in mind, designers have carefully curated the room to make sure that the interior aesthetics are complementary to the exterior charm.
I could easily spend a lifetime laying in the hammock and looking out through these floor length windows.
The large living room has been sparingly decorated to maintain openness and to cut back on any visual noise that would otherwise overpower the view.
Giant and unpretentious, the sectional sofa was custom made for this home. You could easily sink in to this comfy lounger, and as it faces both the TV and the window the owners can easily choose between how they spend their leisure time at home.
The original floor was covered in gray tiles, and has been coated with microconcrete to create an unpolished industrial look. Visually it feels coarse and cold, but up close it’s a smooth surface and easy to maintain. The height of the room has also been increased by removing the original plasterboard, and then false ceiling boxes were added to hide the ventilation ducts.
The structural column that breaks the view from the windows was left open, to expose the concrete look and match the flooring.
It was the designers at Form Architectural Bureau who oversaw the reworking of the interior design, and they say the most interesting part of this home was the living room. They wanted to maximize the area and add unique features to accentuate the space.
A bay window seat runs through the entire length of the window, creating an alternative seating arrangement. Some cushions, a book and a cup of coffee would make for a perfect evening in this part of the house.
Along the back wall the designers added sheets of steel. It’s rugged and raw, but also allows the TV, bookcase and sound system to blend in with the wall. The look is harmonious with the aims of creating a room that is inconspicuous and not detracting from the view.
In order to enjoy the gorgeous views up close, the balcony is fitted with a small table and some stools. I can only imagine the stunning sunrises and sunsets that have been enjoyed from this ledge.
Continuing with the minimal features, the kitchen is as muted as the living room. The gray cabinets look like an extension of the floor mimicking the microconcrete colors.
A narrow door at the far end of the kitchen looks like it leads to a long drop down! But actually it opens up onto another balcony.
The dining table has an interesting story. Carved out of a 280-year-old ash tree, this one-piece block of 8cm thick wood was refused delivery by many shipment companies. The designers were convinced that it would be worth all the effort. Finally, it was lifted by crane and delivered to the sixth floor apartment. It was possibly the most difficult phase of the project, but the result is spectacular.
Notice how it is inserted into a groove in the kitchen island on the other side, creating a stunning contrast with the polished white surface.
This cabinet hides a second column. It creates a nice partition between the kitchen and the living room, while also housing the fireplace and some extra storage. You can clearly notice the monotone setting from this angle, with darker hues to the right and lighter ones to the left.
The gleaming sun floods the room, and not having any curtains is a bold decision. However, keeping the living room entirely naked does allow the interior to connect beautifully with the outside.
It is in this corridor that the design is clearly split into two parts. The hallway that leads to the living area on the right and bedrooms on the left.
The entryway was inspired by the owner’s travels to Spain. It was already a feature of the house that he had implemented before the project began, and conceals a powder room behind the slats.
I love the way the slats create a dual color composition when seen from different angles.
The bedroom is cozy with soft lights and minimal aesthetics. The bed is unique and luxurious; it looks like a bed on top of another giant bed! The microconcrete coated wall creates a sense of continuity in style from the living room. It is luxurious and relaxed which is perfect to unwind after a long day.
The kids room is slightly different from the rest of the house. The exposed brick wall and the bookcase look gorgeous, and they create a livelier, youthful vibe in the room. The bed looks like a sofa and reflects the unique style of furniture that we have seen across the apartment.
I like the idea of the shelving unit above the study table, too. It can be folded when not in use and reminds me of the slats in the entrance hallway, again connecting the interior styles found in different parts of the house.
In the bathroom, a regular rectangular bathtub was replaced with a round one to create something special. On the whole the bathroom is simple with clean lines, tiled walls and dark tones.
There are various pieces of art spread across the apartment, including a collection of ‘living images’ by Peter Lik. This one looks like flames rising from a furnace and adds to the warmth of the cozy interior.
The use of unconventional design and furniture was a mutual decision made between the designers and the home owner. The entire apartment is visually engaging while keeping the focus on the comfort and functionality.
I asked the design team at Form Architectural Bureau to give us some tips when dealing with designing similar apartments with beautiful views, and here is what they had to say:
“It is necessary to feel the space. Open it as much as possible to give the whole place functionality, and use natural colors. And appreciate the good view through the windows.”
Project: 7 NEBO
Design: Form Architectural Bureau