Novopecherskie Lipki or NPL is a high rise condominium in Kiev, Ukraine. Architecture, Olga Akulova was tasked to design a unit for a Spanish you man. The client wanted a space that is appropriate for lving and also leisure, particularly parties.
Completely new 30th level house, in the condominium «Novopecherskie Lipki», has a few Penthouses about 150m2-250m2 each. One of them became an investment property for my client. A young man who used to live in Spain and lives partly in Latvia, has got an idea to create this space as a perfect area for himself and for party time with his few friends. Detached concrete ceiling and the glass wall – windows, were from the very beginning of the Project brief.
Another key aspect of the brief was to build an interior without client control, as he had not much time. The client asked me to organize an open space area with natural materials and a “Clever House” system, which can control the temperature, security system, lighting, and the television. Natural materials with oak/elm-tree structure were used on the walls and kitchen island. Minacciolo/Natural Skin Kitchen was agreed with the first steps of the Project. For the island top, we used sheet metal matching the colour to the concrete ceiling and framework columns. The interior was developed with huge windows, which provided amazing views of the City, Dnieper River and Sky.
The enormous sheet slide glass and wooden doors in the bedroom were maneuvered through an opening to connect bedroom the to the guest-room. The drapery “Designers Guild” with a “Black Out” function, along the sliding glass door, shuts sunlight from outside is controlled by the “Clever House” system program on IPad. A monolithic white rectangle in the middle of the guestroom separating the living room and the wardrobe area contains the open wooden Fireplace “Waco and Co” and a hidden television, while part of the wardrobe utilities are concealed inside this long shape on the opposite site of the television area. The bathroom area is separated from bedroom by a glass sliding door That allows the view from the bedroom and cabinet to the garden on the bathroom wall. Lighting and watering are switched on automatically from the laundry.
A white metal structure in the front of the wall plants, elongate the bathroom area and consist of a table with a black long ceramic sink and step to the wooden bath “Agape”. The inspiration behind project, I had an amazing experience as a Project Manager. My client hadn’t took part in the work, as he hadn’t much time. I organized all contractors from the building site, and found all the accessory in London and brought them in the interior, as I am very often there. I also found interesting glasses and cutlery in the Caravane shop in London and found that pink coloured (coffee table) work amazingly with elm wood and cup rum chairs (Real good chair) and lightings are working with oak wood. I am inspired by Living etc. magazine, Elle Decoration UK and amazed by choice of www.madeindesign.com web site, where we ordered most of the items for the interior. I also get inspiration from the works of Hanna Franklin stylist and personally for me Faye Toogood is a trendsetter.
Architect: Olga Akulova
Photo: Andrey Avdeenko
Location: Ukraine Kiev
About Olga Akulova
Olga Akulova attended the Architectural Academy in Ukraine from 1995, completed in 2001. Her first work with an architectural diploma was an architect assistant in ART – DECO company.
She acquired architectural practice in three years and later, in 2003 established her own company – Olga Akulova DESIGN. See more of her works on Behance or her website.