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Rabbit Habit bar in Kyiv, Ukraine by YOD Design Lab

Project name:
Rabbit Habit
Architecture firm:
YOD Design Lab
Location:
Kyiv, Ukraine
Photography:
Andrey Bezuglov
Interior design:
YOD Design Lab
Built area:
133 m²
Design year:
2020
Completion year:
2020

Combining nature and the rhythm of city life, the Kyiv-based design studio YOD Design Lab has recently completed Rabbit Habit bar, located in the central Kyiv, in the basement of a building erected in the early XX century. 

Designer's statement: The venue is located in the central Kyiv, in the basement of the building erected in the early XX century. You would not miss it because a huge rabbit’s head above the entrance is noticeable from a long distance. The restaurant consists of two halls with a bar counter in each of them. Visitors can observe a cooking process in the open kitchen. There are 46 seats over there, one big table for 8 people and a terrasse.

restaurant wooden tableimage © Andrey Bezuglov

The main idea of Rabbit Habit’s interior is to combine nature and the rhythm of a city life. There is a lot of timber in the interior different in its shades and textures. Tabletops have an imitation of bark beetles, the main bar counter built from wooden blocks has a beautiful pattern of squares in its end. You can see massive timber elements on the entrance. They were brought from the Carpathian region where they used to serve as beams in an old house a long time ago. Small stone dust on the floor, in WC, and on tabletops on terrasse makes the interior as touchable as only possible.

bar table and benches in a row image © Andrey Bezuglov

The symbol of the venue is a wooden rabbit’s sculpture cut of ash. They are everywhere – the biggest one is placed next to the register, middle rabbits stay on the counter and shelves. A waiter brings a check to a client pinned to a metal plate by a tiny wooden rabbit with a magnet inside. On the wall and sound protective panels on the ceiling, you can see a pathway of a rabbit’s footprints.

The low ceiling was one of the main challenges of the project. Designers decided not to make it lower, but arrange the air-conditioning system inside the pipes with quite a small diameter under the ceiling. Cone lamps above tables were made from the same kind of pipes.

cashier reception desk image © Andrey Bezuglov

The second hall doesn’t have windows, an atmosphere there is maximum chamber-like. Rounded walls and a big installation of dried herbs on the ceiling create a relaxing mood. There is a salad-bar which transforms into a bar-mixology at 7 P.M.

On the terrace, you can sit on the Rabbit Chairs by Stefano Giovannoni and Qeeboo. They are highlighted from inside and make this area noticeable in the evening Kyiv’s street. High steel tables with green herbs planting in the center keep the general idea of being close to nature.

– On the 7 P.M., our rabbit turns to his ears, and the restaurant from the healthy food changes to an easy-bar. The atmosphere is changing as well. The evening lighting scheme is cozier and chamber- like. The interior we created works well in both scenarios. – Volodymyr Nepiyvoda, co-founder of YOD Design Lab tells.

bar with outdoor furniture in the central Kyiv image © Andrey Bezuglov

facade with green vegetations image © Andrey Bezuglov

outdoor chairs and tables image © Andrey Bezuglov

shadow of the tree on the facade of the buildingimage © Andrey Bezuglov

wood texture and glass detail image © Andrey Bezuglov

bar interior image © Andrey Bezuglov

white brick wall image © Andrey Bezuglov

stool in the shape of rabbit image © Andrey Bezuglov

glass door image © Andrey Bezuglov

dried plants inside bar image © Andrey Bezuglov

industrial design with white brick walls image © Andrey Bezuglov

bar waitress image © Andrey Bezuglov

kitchen section of the bar image © Andrey Bezuglov

rabbit wooden sculpture image © Andrey Bezuglov

blonde girl checking her cellphone while drinking coffee image © Andrey Bezuglov

bench details image © Andrey Bezuglov

green footprint on the white wall image © Andrey Bezuglov

white and green pipe in the ceiling image © Andrey Bezuglov

waiter and waitress talking image © Andrey Bezuglov

wooden reception desk image © Andrey Bezuglov

wc entrance image © Andrey Bezuglov

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By Naser N. Ibrahim

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