1900 Coffee brings life back to a historic Kyiv building

1900 Coffee brings life back to a historic Kyiv building

20 janv. 2021 Nouvelles

Originally constructed in 1911, this former monument of architecture and heritage by Kyiv architect Alyoshin had fallen into disrepair during the 20th century. By the early 2000s, it was being used as a janitor's office. Recognizing the lost heritage of the building, a gradual restoration commenced, culminating in today's 1900 Coffee, a brand who have made preserving the cultural heritage of Kyiv a core value of their company. 

Andrei Bezuglov

At the beginning of the project, PVA Architects did not know exactly the condition of the existing building walls, which were concealed by layers of drywall. After four weeks of dismantling layers of wall decor and removing rubbish, the original elements of the building began to emerge. 

Andrei Bezuglov

The original building elements are highlighted within the cafe by introducing only several simply detailed elements such as the island bar and a community table that creates a special atmosphere against the historic backdrop. 

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The approach to furnishing is likewise minimalist and in tune with the historic nature of the building. Original chairs from the nearby Arsenal plant, items of furnishing that were historically used in shops throughout the city, are used in the space. The trunk of this particular chair is made with a solid round tube of stainless steel in a technically complex construction that remains iconic in the city today. 

Andrei Bezuglov

Yellow numbers depicting '1900' in the windows add a special light effect, ensuring the room is sunny and welcoming on even dreary days. 

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