Pied-à-terre With a Lot of Wood: Kyiv’s Modernist Gem
Yana Molodykh‘s creation, Pied-à-terre With a Lot of Wood, brings a special touch to Kyiv’s Podil area. In this attic apartment high up near Zhovten Cinema, the views of the city are stunning. The design cleverly uses beams and metal columns to make the space feel open and cozy. Light woods and bright colors give it a unique, welcoming feel. This place reflects the lively and historic Podil neighborhood perfectly.
About Pied-à-terre With a Lot of Wood
Transforming Space in Kyiv’s Podil
Yana Molodykh skillfully turned a room’s flaws into features. She arranged everything needed in the space between metal columns and walls, echoing Podil’s unique style. Podil, one of Kyiv’s most beautiful areas, inspires the apartment’s interior.
Podil’s Unique Charm
The clients chose this Podil apartment because it reminded them of their hometown, Kherson, a coastal city. Podil stands out with its light and eclectic character, close to the Dnipro river. It’s an old part of Kyiv, known for its mix of cultures and history as a craft and trade center. Today, it blends modern and historical architecture, adding to its charm. Here, cafes and shops fill the streets, and modernist landmarks like Zhytniy Market and Zhovten Cinema stand out.
A Picturesque Attic View
On the eighth floor near Zhovten Cinema, the apartment offers beautiful views over Podil. Molodykh designed the interior to reflect Podil’s culture, combining classic, modern, and wooden elements.
Smart Interior Choices
The attic’s design included exposed beams and columns, cleverly hidden behind shelves and closets. This made the space feel both open and cozy. The owners love to cook and have guests, so they wanted a kitchen and living room that were both practical and inviting. Light furniture and a simple design keep the space feeling airy.
The bedroom, at 6.4 square meters (about 69 square feet), is efficiently designed with a raised bed, wardrobe, and extra storage. The bathroom combines a bathtub and shower, with tiles that give a nod to constructivism. Four different tile brands come together to create this look, highlighted by unique terracotta sconces from Ukrainian designer Yulia Kononenko.
Colorful and Cozy
The apartment’s colors mix light woods with bright red, black, blue, terracotta, and white. The walls, painted in warm, earthy tones, remind Molodykh of her childhood helping her grandmother whitewash walls with clay. This personal touch adds warmth to the home.
Photography courtesy of Yana Molodykh
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