Simply minimal, peacefully soothing – RYB Apartment in Kiev

Designed by Ukrainian studio Men Bureau, led and founded by Oleksandr Maruzhenko, the RYB Apartment is a minimal interior with a calming palette.

Located in the Rybalsky residential complex in the Podol district of Kiev, Urkaine, the apartment rests above a commercial area. This enabled the studio to use the space more variably, dividing it into two blocks: a private part (which includes a children’s room and a master-bedroom with a bathroom) and a public one (which includes a spacious kitchen-living room, a bathroom and a workplace).

This place is designed to accommodate the needs and emotions of the dwellers, becoming the environment for various scenarios of everyday life. All the main rooms are compositionally connected with each other with materials and textures.

Men Bureau was commissioned to design a place that could offer a peaceful haven for the owner and his family to retreat from their cosmopolitan lifestyle. The main goal was to create a clean, minimal but informal atmosphere, using natural materials.

The studio involved famous foreign brands in the development of the interior, such as Belid, DCW, & tradition, Verpan, Zanotta, RBW and Menu, as well as Ukrainian ones, like Zegen and Interia.

To achieve flexibility and avoid unnecessary division of this already compact apartment, the partitions have been (almost) completely removed, creating an open plan layout with one central module defining the main living space. This module consists of a functional kitchen set, a dining area, a compact workplace and a spacious living room – this allows for the space to have several functions without any unnecessary clutter.

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All rooms except the children’s room are directed to the courtyard with an abundance of greenery. A picturesque view of the Dnieper river opens from the children’s room. Once kids will grow up and leave the home to enrol in university, this room will be designated as a meditation place for parents. In this room, we positioned the workplace in such a way that natural light contributes to comfortable work.

To visually connect the premises into one whole, we used a single palette of materials: birch plywood, micro cement, Japanese KitKat tiles and Caribbean Calcite marble. A laconic background for furniture and light elements is created with these materials. We balanced the cool tones of micro cement in all rooms with the warm textures of plaster and wood.

A combination of famous pieces of furniture such as Fritz Hansen dining chairs, Co armchairs by Norm Architects and the Apollo 180 floor lamp by Pholc are easy to match with custom-designed furniture. The architectural character of the interior is further emphasized and enhanced by the penetrating sunlight.

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One of the main changes implemented within the project was the unification of 3 bathrooms into 2 more spacious ones and getting rid of unnecessary partitions. This reorganization of the space has increased the amount of natural light entering the main living space. We used glass partitions to keep out the natural light that fills the bedroom.

The bathroom, sober and monochromatic, is enhanced by the japan KitKat mosaic tiles. The use of shades of grey contributes to the soothing atmosphere of the place. The new layout is adapted to the modern lifestyle.

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