At the exit from the vestibule, guests are greeted by the first hall and bar. DIY lamps hang over the bar – we bought lampshades and golden saucers at IKEA, complemented them with metal cut circles, and created a custom solution.
To the left is the passage to the second, more secluded hall, where lounge-style seating awaits guests. The panel in the second hall was created by Kyiv artists, the Feldman sisters. They collaborated with the owner and proposed a panel with a tram, supporting the urban theme of the establishment and Podil spirit.
The establishment’s kitchen area is partially open – in the pastry workshop, separated from the hall by glass, cafe bakers bake pastries and bread. Guests can observe the workshop’s work, order coffee, or choose a dessert from the open display.
Above the pastry workshop, there is a lightbox menu made of colored plates where dish names will be assembled from letter cutouts on transparent organic glass. This lightbox is a reference to the former bus station and bus schedule.
All furniture chosen for the cafe is of Ukrainian origin. All tables and shelves are custom-made by Ukrainian contractors based on designs and sketches from the bureau.
For the decoration of the 128, the owner brought a large stack of posters from New York of various sizes and formats. We selected our favorites and decorated them in various frames, hanging them on the walls. This adds spatial detailing, a sense of coziness and allows visitors to examine the walls while waiting for their orders.
During construction, we found an old map of Ukraine, which we decided to clean, frame, and use in the interior. It echoes the printed map of Podil.
To the right of the entrance are two restrooms: standard and one for people with reduced mobility. For the floor decoration, we found multi-colored tiles on OLX, asked tilers to cut them into pieces, and embedded them in microcement, which is then polished – a meticulous job. Splashes of green color on the walls add a playful vibe to the space.
入口右侧有两间洗手间：标准洗手间和一间行动不便人士洗手间。对于地板装饰，我们在OLX上找到了多色瓷砖，请瓦工将它们切成碎片，然后将它们嵌入微水泥中，然后进行抛光 – 这是一项细致的工作。墙壁上的绿色为空间增添了俏皮的氛围。
In both cabins, there are garden cast-iron sinks with distinctive faucets. Another sink is made from an IKEA table – a hole was cut in the countertop for the sink.
The blue mirrored sign above the sink is neon: tubes are fixed between several mirrors with film and glass, creating a recursion effect of the inscription.
Opposite the entrance to 128 Podil Food Market, food trucks will be located. We have obtained a site in the form of a parking lot sloping along the facade. To organize the outdoor seating, we proposed cutting out a piece of asphalt, leveling it horizontally, and paving it with cobblestones, on which tables will be placed. This way, we created a cobblestone carpet, the design of which is inspired by the quarter grid of Podil’s development, maintaining a visual connection with the building’s foundation. In this way, we broke up the large asphalt space in front of the establishment and integrated it with the main facade.
In the summer, the area will be complemented with benches and tables – several seating points are planned along the side facade, under chestnut trees – as well as green plants.
For us, 128 Podil Food Market became an opportunity to breathe new life into a historical building and work in our beloved Podil (we’ve created the Bursa hotel, the beer restaurant This Is Pyvbar, the cafe “Dyletant,” and the 6:19 tattoo salon here). Despite all the challenges of the project, we have created a place with soul and are already looking forward to the first street food festivals in the shade of old chestnuts.
对我们来说，128 Podil Food Market 是一个机会，让我们为这座历史建筑注入新的活力，并在我们心爱的 Podil 工作（我们在这里创建了布尔萨酒店、啤酒餐厅 This Is Pyvbar、咖啡馆“Dyletant”和 6：19 纹身沙龙）。尽管该项目面临种种挑战，但我们还是创造了一个有灵魂的地方，并且已经期待着在老栗子树荫下举办的第一届街头美食节。