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Bursa Bar / Mirzoyan Studio

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  • Architects: Mirzoyan Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  55
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2024

Balbek Bureau: Redefining Architectural Identity in Kyiv and Beyond

During the last years, Kyiv became one of Europe’s most active and trending cities. A bustling scene of creative industries and tech startups, created a fertile ground for architectural and interior design experimentation in a fast growing hospitality and residential industry: hotels, restaurants, clubs, bars, offices, housing projects, that set a new benchmark in creativity and brough new views towards East. Among the practices that shaped a new architectural identity is Balbek Bureau, a young yet prolific studio that crafted a unique style, always ahead of trends.

While the full scale invasion of Ukraine is having a deep impact on economy and development, Ukrainians don’t resign, and their resilience pushes them to find opportunities in the country and abroad. Balbek Bureau has a diverse and creative portfolio, working with Ukraine’s top tech companies, fashion and beauty brands, and the coolest new bars and cafes, among others. Their projects are not just found in Kyiv, Lviv or Odesa, but also across Central and Western Europe, Canada, the US, Mexico, China and even Antarctica.

While in Kyiv we visited the studio to interview founder Slava Balbek, to learn how despite the full scale invasion the team is still highly active, and the social and reconstruction projects that they balance while the country is under constant threat. We also recommend his recent TED Talk, on how to design for dignity during war times.

Osonnia Apartment / Makhno Studio

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  • Architects: Makhno Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  84
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2022

13 Laser Clinic / Temp Project

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Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Architects: Temp Project
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  160
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2023

Wabi Sabi Apartment / Makhno Studio

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  • Architects: Makhno Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

STAN Yoga Studio / Dubrovska Studio

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  • Architects: Dubrovska Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  120
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2023

Dzen House / SHOVK

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Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Architects: SHOVK
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  117
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2024

NewsHouse 2.0 / balbek bureau

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Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Architects: balbek bureau
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  793
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2021

Readellion Bookstore / prototype

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  • Architects: prototype
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  44
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2023

MVRDV and Orange Architects Design an Adaptable Mixed-Use District in Kyiv, Ukraine

MVRDV and Orange Architects collaborate on the NUVO project, a new mixed-use complex to be built in Ukraine’s capital, the team of architects has revealed their design for three of the buildings that will become part of NOVO. Commissioned by Kovalska, the project is now restarting after work was put on hold due to the active conflict in Ukraine. The two firms are collaborating to refine the master plan initiated by APA Wojcehowski Architects.

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Ukrainian-Danish Youth House / prototype

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  • Architects: prototype
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  575
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2022

Pulse Sportswear Store / Sobchenko Architects

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  185
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2023

Relogged House / balbek bureau

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Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Architects: balbek bureau
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  375
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2022

DOT Coffee Station #1 / YOD Group

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  • Architects: YOD Group
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  30
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2021
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Cinca, Glazer, Plan b

How Public Art Shapes Cities

“Art aims to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance”, Greek polymath Aristotle remarked. Public art in cities worldwide seeks to pursue this aim by offering a sense of meaning and identification to its residents. Taking the form of murals, installations, sculptures, and statues, public art engages with audiences outside of museums and in the public realm. This art presents a democratic manner of collectively redefining concepts like community, identity, and social engagement.

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