JP Residence, Kyiv

Kyiv, Ukraine

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JP Residence is the first detached house for a family of two who has long been living in a rental apartment.  The homeowner adored a quiet, simple, natural, and unsophisticated atmosphere. Accordingly, Men Bureau used a substantial amount of warm-colored wood and plaster, satisfying the homeowner’s needs in a space consisting of 1 bedroom, living room, home office, kitchen, and two bathrooms.  The materials selected reflect the client’s natural and minimalist preferences and need for longevity, durability, and practical use. This residence was made to last, with a very straightforward, authentic, and casual look.

The design of the area evolved around the juxtaposition of simple materials: cherry wood, botticino marble, and steel, as an accent. This expresses the emerging imperfection of natural materials. The kitchen and bookshelves are made of cherry wood, while shallow niches are decorated with alternating artwork. The clutter-free open space is the result of their minimalist approach.

In addition to maximizing space and creating an environment suitable for comfortable living, the aim was to open up to natural light from all sides. Glazed walls are covered with automated shades that enhance privacy. The bedroom is enclosed within a pair of wood and glass box. The custom tactile elements and bespoke furniture all act as well-crafted handmade extensions of the home, as an expression of its owners and their aspirations.

Isolated way of life as a new social behavior has become guarantors of safeness for everyone around them. That’s why the home office is a technically equipped space with large windows and comfortable furniture.

Another signature place – the home library – frames the outlook for a quiet place to unplug and read. The wall ceiling-mounted bookshelf is made without screws or bolts. Instead, the designs are assembled out of wooden poles and marble planes that simply slot together. They decided to use the same materials throughout the house to ensure that the picture is complete.

Distinct from the muted hues in the shared spaces, the bathroom becomes a unique zone, clad in grey terrazzo. Rather than jarring with the refined material backdrop, these textures demonstrate the personality and lifestyle of the residents. “PB” bath and large bespoke marble sink are the only elements made of another material and provide an accent.

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1,399 sq-ft.




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