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Bar Brutalist

Kiev restaurant looking smooth in a rugged environment...

Bar Brutalist

Béton brut is French for raw concrete, the derivation of the architectural style Brutalism, and the name of this place has not been lost on its aesthetics; this Kiev loft design has been married with a definite industrial workshop feel...

If all you have in your loft are some magazine back-issues, a half-built train set and the entire cast of extras from Arachnophobia, you may be thinking of sprucing the space up a bit. You’ll need some serious real estate and the design chops of Ivan Yunakov and his team if you want anything on the scale of Ukraine restaurant-bar Beton though.

Béton brut is French for raw concrete, the derivation of the architectural style Brutalism, and the name of this place has not been lost on its aesthetics; this Kiev loft design has been married with a definite industrial workshop feel. The textured wall of two-by-fours. The seemingly unfinished floor. The bare joinery above the bar, like crazy rafters. A rusted corrugated iron curtain keeping the three “zones” (karaoke/hookah, VIP and children’s) adjoining the main room out of sight. On the zonal doors behind, architectural floor plans have been used as decoration – while not typically regarded as art, certainly an aesthetically pleasing skill.

To lift the heavy-duty mood, the cool grey of the concrete is given a warm glow by the concealed orange and peach strips and the golden pendant lights hanging overhead like steel buttercups on a summer’s day. Beats a pot noodle and the April 1996 edition of Loaded.

Beton, Kiev
Beton, Kiev
Beton, Kiev
Beton, Kiev
Beton, Kiev
Beton, Kiev
Beton, Kiev

Photography, Oleg Stelmah

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