Location: Kyiv
Type: Сommercial
Area: 160 m2
Year: 2019
Design: Rina Lovko
Photo: Yevhenii Avramenko
The building of the Bessarabian market (a.k.a. Bessarabka) is a monument of architecture. It is under the protection of UNESCO, that is, no changes can be made. Any architectural decision should be coordinated with the administration of the building and with the city – this paperwork remains time. Therefore, the reconstruction of the premises lasted a year and a half.

"Balthazar" - is a wine bar in the basement of the Bessarabian market. Seventy seats are available, as well as a contact bar.

We easily found a mutual language with the art director of Balthazar and reached an understanding of the audience. This made it possible to quickly outline the concept, to understand what kind of institution it would be and start the building process.
The main color spectrum, warm bottle-green and olive colors, was selected for brick and wood.
The front door is made of metal. It is new, but specially aged, covered with artificial rust. The sign above the door is a triangle with highlight and bar naming (also the work of Vasily Grublyak, according to our sketches). Due to its triangular shape, it is visible from both sides of the market premises.
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