BJ Apartment is a project designed by Balbek Bureau and is located in Kyiv, Ukraine. Photo credits: Slava Balbek

To create an unmistakable connection between the old and the new, architects invited a creative dialogue between generations.

The modern shapes of minimalistic style are obvious – straight lines, cubic forms, angles everywhere. But the modernism is softened by the original arches of the recessed windows left intact; the curves of a vintage-style upright piano; the roundness of the light fixtures. The original brickwork, left exposed in the living room, is in harmony with the chrome of the modern kitchen. The heavy earthy colors of partitions and furniture bring out the bubbly lightness of the artwork in the kid’s space upstairs.

The balcony with its original ironwork railing and vintage-style tiles works well with its modern furniture, inviting for a cup of coffee and a view of an old Kyiv street.

Architects: Slava Balbek, Anna Riabova
Project Area: 74 sq.m.
Project Year: 03/16 – 01/17
Location: Kyiv, Ukraine

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