The city of Kiev is not only and interesting place to visit, but also a place where modern design spreads its wings more and more. The well-known Odessa Restaurant first opened in 1962 was revamped to suit a modern client base and keep up to date with contemporary dining experiences. YOD Design Lab were the ones who imagined the new face of this cozy restaurant, transforming it into a highly contemporary locale.
Completely reshaped through the use of materials and light that offer a new perspective, the Odessa Restaurant boasts an attractively lit front facade that offers a glimpse of the wonders inside. Guests are surprised to see the main hall lined in ropes lit from the ground up. Summing up to 30 km of rope throughout, this choice of materials brings a new vision based on emotional perception of the space.
Architects describe their work on this inspiring project: “Behind the bar stand there are shelves with decorated boxes placed in a chaotic order generally prompted by the famous Odessa Privoz market with its abundance. An open part of the kitchen with two copper tandoors underlines the democratic and honest nature of the place, keeping open the very process of cooking dishes. In the hallway leading to the anteroom a visitor meets a wall made of sandstone, the main construction material on the Crimean peninsula.
The smaller hall of the restaurant is more emotionally restrained, and if necessary it may be transformed into a banquet room. The key role in the organization of space of the smaller hall belongs to a central stella sheathed with a metal plate of finished steel with an impression of a topographical map of the old Odessa. Inside the stella there is a bio fireplace which we placed as a separate mobile module; such a solution allowed additional variants of placement of tables.”