Project: Chernyi Coffee Bar
Architects: Ponomarenko Bureau
Location: Kharkiv, Ukraina
Completion date 2020
Floor area: 100 square meters
Photographer Ivan Avdeenko photography
Text and photos: Courtesy of Ponomarenko Bureau
The Chernyi Coffee Bar is located in the centre of Kharkiv on the first floor of a residential building. Initially, the owners of the premises dismantled all partitions, widened the window openings from floor to ceiling, completed the stained-glass window and organized the entrance to the street.
The main feature of the room was the two columns in the centre, which challenged the design. After all, they actually divide a large space into small zones. During the design process, each of the zones received its own function.
Dark space and luminous cells that attract people like moths to light are the main metaphor of the project.
We looked at “Chernyi” in spatial terms, using light and shadow as the source of black. By adding perfectly smooth, gliding, reflective surfaces to counter aggressive surfaces to create a space with a rich and deep texture change.
In this project, together with The TSEKH, we have developed a new wall covering – black quartz sand. Having tried a huge number of variations of applying different fractions of sand and painting, we found the ideal technology, which we used in the project.
To counterbalance the aggressive texture of the sand, we added brushed stainless steel, as it is almost always used in professional equipment, we decided to reflect the professionalism in making coffee and cocktails in our interior. This is how stainless steel appeared in furniture, walls and false ceilings. Thanks to this, an interesting, unique play of reflections has turned out. The lowering of the stainless steel ceiling creates the effect of levitation, hiding ventilation pipes and other communications. The result is a minimalistic ceiling with a minimum of sensors and lamps.
Wall covering – the ЦЕХ
Magnetic track lights – LiGHTHUB
Chairs in the hall – Scab Design
Chairs in the window and armchairs – propro
Concrete sink – OdudLab