type: family house
location: Kyiv, Ukraine
area: 197 m2
architects: Oleg Volosovskyi, Elena Logvynets
photos: Andrey Avdeenko photographer
Hayloft is not only a dwelling. It’s a cocktail of a restaurant, experimental kitchen, bar counter, exposition, showroom, DJ place, and a friendly atmosphere both for kin and a great many friends.
Hayloft space was found as a derelict commercial and absolutely uninhabitable building. But its potential for creating a truly exciting loft was sufficient to initiate a two-year reconstruction of those buildings and a section as a living apartment. After roof, facade, and interior refurbishment, the arrangement of utility lines, terracing, and gardening, the building took on a contemporary accommodation, with state-of-the-art heating technologies and energy-efficient solutions. Interior design was coordinated alongside cavity design, the search of antiques, and art objects. A few antiques became the icon for Hayloft and shaped a remarkable atmosphere.
An ironic welcome starts from a rusty door and a picture with Belka and Strelka, Soviet space dogs. Black ceramic handmade hallway walls link today with vanished traditions of the Etruscans or ancient civilizations in Ukraine. Disruptive “dancing” carved panelled woodwork visually softens the industrial interior and hides the secret bedroom entrance.
The heart of the house is beating in a living room with absorbing ceiling height and the fireplace.
Its space is formed by massive metal and glass dimensions of kitchen and bathroom, cable-stayed staircase rotating around the centre column, and the bridge inviting to lobby and private zone with archaic gates as a stunning entrance.
Emerald green-tiled furnace reminds of the 17-18th centuries’ Kyiv housing tradition. This is the visual centre with the kitchen zone and serves as the instrument for the cooking show. The latest technological appliances and traditional cooking in the furnace reanimate the family hearth culture, evoke delicious scents, and bring us to a large dining table shared with your family.
The kitchen is an independent kingdom. “When you get into the restaurant industry for a long time, a cult of food is sure to get into your home. And if you design bars, as well as restaurants, it will slip into your interior once”. Whenever cocktails aren’t being shaken, the bar counter is hidden under a huge cutting wooden board.
The feeling of colonial interior is enhanced by four living room ceiling ventilators and the second stage brick wall, which reminds us of tropical countries, as well as became an ingenious element of nighttime lighting.
The ceiling lamp illuminant over the dining table is an Art object created by Oleg Volosovskiy. It consists of vintage carved hooks and massive stained-glass drops (long-standing blown furnace tradition of Western Ukraine).
Hayloft tells us a story about tradition and memory, the ability to preserve history and create legends. About a family and its values. About creativity and art objects as a life philosophy. It is also a story of two reconstructions, an abandoned building and virtual memory of a few generations.