An 186-square-meter flat in the Podilskyi district of Kyiv, Ukraine, was recently renovated by One More Buro+. The main goal was to design a cozy living area for a young couple and their feline companion, utilizing the spacious layout and the impressive 3.45-metre-tall panoramic windows.
The main requirement was to incorporate a spacious working area that could accommodate all the necessary equipment and seamlessly blend with the rest of the living space. Considering that the apartment owner spends a significant amount of time working, even during leisure hours, it was important to establish a connection between the workspace and the everyday home routine, allowing for eye contact with their spouse.
To fulfill this, a large open zone was designed, encompassing the kitchen, dining, living, and working areas. Additionally, the placement of a sports area needed to be addressed. Since there were no available windows for natural lighting in this zone, glass blocks were utilized to insulate the gym.
The home office, which also serves as a guest room, features indoor plants that create beautiful silhouettes in the sports area through the glass blocks. The sleeping area comprises a master bedroom, master bathroom, and wardrobe.
An interesting aspect of the apartment’s layout is the hallway, which serves as a central transit point. It offers various routes for both hosts and guests, depending on their specific needs and functions. Furthermore, special features were incorporated for the cat, including a second-level route and a dedicated closet under the sink in the guest bathroom.
The kitchen-living room serves multiple purposes, functioning as a relaxation and play area, workspace, cooking area, and dining area. The original open layout was maintained to preserve the sense of spaciousness, achieved through the use of glass blocks, low interior partitions, and strategic lighting techniques.
Great attention was given to the functionality and details of the apartment, ensuring that all lines and heights were repeated in every room to create a sense of spatial integrity. To visually unite the main room and the hallway, a low partition featuring mirrored panels was utilized, allowing natural light to enter the room even without windows.
The master bedroom features two walk-in closets, with one serving as a transitional space leading directly to the apartment’s exit and the other as the main closet for personal belongings. A makeup table is also included in this area. The bedroom has direct access to a large terrace, perfect for barbecues and evening relaxation, and a private ensuite bathroom with a spacious bathtub.