Balbek Bureau creates elegant yet functional and playful interior for Foodoo pub in Kiev
FOODOO is a member of the pub chain “This is Pivbar”, a new dining concept which they describe as “Fast Beer Dining”. The venue, located in the residential district Levyi Beregin in Kiev, was designed by architecture studio Balbek Bureau.
“A small area of 1400 ft2, including kitchen appliances, comfortably accommodates up to 54 guests. There is a take away zone by the entrance, featuring cantilever seating. Customers can be seated at small tables on the cylinder-shaped seats, while waiting for their take-away orders. Our team faced several tasks. First of all, architects were to implement the project within a short time frame – 100 days only from the signing of the contract until the opening of the establishment. Moreover, the fast lunch concept was emphasised by the client; therefore, it was important to make seating provision for the high levels of attendance and table turnover. At the same time, the design had to be practical, durable and be realizable at a maximum speed in future diner projects for the same chain. Keeping in line with the democratic design format, the we offered a concise and practical interior solution. The company color – green – was used as a main hueof the color scheme. In combination with the basic monochrome palette and genuine leather, architects managed to emphasize the elegant simplicity of functional minimalism. As for the furniture selection, we gave preference to Ukrainian brands. The design of the diner is not overloaded with bright colors and decor elements. Instead, we paid a lot of attention to architectural design of the interior. There is a shadow seam within a joint between the ceiling and walls, created with a hidden aluminum profile. The contrast adds sophistication to the space, seemingly lifting it up. The flooring is made of marmoleum, which is a natural highly-durable material. Due to its ecological characteristics, we chose marmoleum as finishing material for the bar counter. Following the concept of seamless flow of vertical planes into horizontal, we used steel profile that helped to achieve the effect of smooth transition of walls into the floor. Absence of a classic joint line between the floor and walls created pictorial cleanliness and visual lightness. To preserve the individuality of the establishment, we tried to create the diner’s symbol – an image that everyone could relate to. A cosmonaut of 2.5 meters high has become such a symbol. The figure is made of polyester with a layer of varnish. The cosmonaut is not only the protagonist of the establishment, but also the guests’ favourite Instagram point,” explains balbek bureau
- Location: Kiev, Ukraine
- Date completed: 2019
- Size: 1,400 square feet
- Design: Balbek Bureau
- Photos: Yevhenii Avramenko