Enjoying the sounds of nature in a restaurant in Ukraine

Yodezeen studio designed the reception and restaurant for Shelest recretional complex: two lightweight structures in harmony with the context, made of local materials. 

A retreat to experience nature and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Set in a pine forest and overlooking the shore of the Kyiv Sea – the large reservoir on Ukraine’s Dnieper River – the Shelest recreational complex blends architecture and landscape.

YoDezeen, Shelest. Photo Andrii Shurpenkov

Yodezeen’s project accommodates a reception and restaurant in two blocks overlooking a swimming pool, blending into the existing context and respecting it. Tranquillity and silence are the characteristic features of the place, which invites guests to slow down and listen to the sounds of the surroundings.  

YoDezeen, Shelest. Photo Andrii Shurpenkov

“The work on this project was carried out carefully and unhurriedly, as the creators of this complex intended it”, said Artem Zverev, co-founder and leading architect of the studio. “We tried to smoothly and authentically fit into the already existing space, not shaking it, but joining it”.

The 1,200 square metre structures, made of pine wood, are lightweight and almost evanescent at the ends, with frames arranged rhythmically to form small access porticos.

YoDezeen, Shelest. Photo Andrii Shurpenkov

Their cross-section is reminiscent of a compact, protective birdhouse with a double-pitched roof. The homogeneity of the wooden slats used as cladding is only broken by the large glass openings which cut the facade and connect the interior with the exterior. 

Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine
Reception and restaurant
Project team:
Artem Zverev, co - founder and lead architect; Artur Sharf, co - founder and lead architect
1,200 sqm

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