Fully functional, BURSA encompasses a non-commercial art gallery, a 4-storey hotel offering 33 modern rooms of various sizes, a ground floor restaurant Beliy Shum, and a top-level bar 1818 that opens onto the rooftop terrace.
It is difficult to describe BURSA in one word. It is not just a hotel or a restaurant, not a bar or an art gallery. It is all of the above, a bespoke hotel complex fitted comfortably into a mix of centuries-old buildings in historical and cultural center of Kyiv – Podil. Two buildings – a hundred and a two hundred years old – were completely refurbished and, together with a newly erected modern block, integrated into a single complex, thus creating a visual connection between architectural styles and setting a tone for what might be inside.
The common thread running through the entire space is a distinctive influence of Bauhaus style, best known for promoting functionality in architecture and design through simplified geometrical forms and minimal use of embellishments.
BURSA’s oldest building has become a historically significant architectural monument for more than one reason. It has definitely seen a lot at its respectful age of 200. It was a place where famous Kyiv city architect Andrey Melenskiy lived and worked at the turn of 18th century. For many years it also housed students of one of the oldest Ukrainian academies.
Historic significance of BURSA’s building required careful consideration of any work associated with restoration, repair or future use of the building. Conceptual approach undertaken by architects was that of an ‘adaptive reuse’, allowing the building to preserve its historic integrity and aesthetics while providing for the needs of modern occupants.
It is noteworthy that most of the Beliy Shum furniture was bought at flea markets in Norway.
The architects also decided to follow an interesting initiative of New York artists who turned a law requirement for every establishment where food is served, regardless of size or design, into the art project – first aid choking victim poster. Famous Ukrainian illustrator Sergey Maidukov became an artist of “choking victim” poster for Beliy Shum city restaurant.
Bar 1818 occupies a small space on the fifth floor of BURSA hotel complex offering seats for 30 visitors. The main feature of the establishment is the two vast terraces with a magnificent view of the sunset and the roofs of Podil.