Concrete jungle: Kiev bar opts for brutal look

04 : 06 : 2013 Bar : Industrial : Kiev

Kiev – A new Ukrainian restaurant-bar combines upscale hospitality with the chilly allure of an industrial loft space.

Beton, which takes its name from the French phrase béton brut, meaning raw concrete, is a karaoke bar, hookah lounge and dining room designed by architect Ivan Yunakov.

The bar’s aesthetic is brutalist sleek – the bulk of the interior features unfinished poured concrete flooring and raw two-by-fours, while the décor is in the form of mounted architectural diagrams and coral-coloured underfoot lighting. 

Dystopic set pieces, including a seemingly un-ironic iron curtain separate the venue’s different areas from its main dining room, keeping the atmosphere imaginative. 

Designers, architects and spacial curators are increasingly embracing an ultra-factory look, taking inspiration from a sci-fi visual toolkit to evoke an atmosphere of fantasy and mechanical theatricality. For more, see our Industrial Futurism design direction.

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