type: Restaurant dedicated to Kyiv famous meal
location: Kyiv, Ukraine
area: 340 m2
completed: 2017
architects: Oleg Volosovskyi
photos: Andrey Avdeenko photographer

This project as a tribute to the history of Kyiv.

The Chicken Kyiv name means a famous meal, has been created in Kyiv in 1947 and well known all over the world. For many decades it is a gastronomic business card of the Ukrainian capital.

The Chicken Kyiv Restaurant space is developed on two levels, a mezzanine, terrace and a “hidden room”. It is inspired to a 60s-70s atmosphere, which recalls shapes, colours and styles. Several details recall the history of Kyiv and are easily recognizable by local visitors. Starting from the lamps, quotation of the historical ones located in the subway, enriched and decorated according to the style of that time, until ceiling stucco; from lead glass windows to delicate chestnut leaves, city symbol, impressed on tapestries.

The true distinctive sign of the restaurant is though (and it couldn’t be differently considering its name) the funny cock clock that overlooks the room renewing and modifying the traditional cuckoo clock. It sings each hour, passing the time. A funny choice but certainly not conventional!

Partitions and sculptures recall Kyiv’s past with references to the great architect Gorodetsky and his obsession with hunting as well. His masterpiece of Building with Chimeras has inspired the creation of the “Hidden space” of the Chicken Kyiv restaurant. Room, where you can get only throw a wardrobe door.

The statues of a gargoyle are somewhat unusual: it is an allusion on the cock with various transformation, created in constructivism and art deco style.

Two restrooms also have an exclusive design: the image reminds metaphorical examples of the space. After all, 60-70th were the time of space conquest and the first Human flight into there. The combination of the past with contemporary details, like mirrors, smooth shapes which intersect each other, all seems like a spacecraft.
In Loft Buro mind, the general atmosphere has to remind the delicate interiors of a “salon”, a private club where Ukrainian intelligentsia used to meet during Soviet Union time. That is why the entrance is almost hidden behind an invisible door close to the wardrobe.

With quotations, lights, memories and tributes the attention is paid to the storytelling, which is one of the main aspects of architect creative activity.

All furniture, partitions, sculptures and lights have been specifically designed by Loft Buro for this interior.