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11 MIRRORS HOTEL, KIEV, UKRAINE
Wednesday 12 Dec 2012
By Anatoliy Kirik and Marina Leo
One mirror by itself is just a shiny surface. But bring many mirrors together and the result is a multifaceted, seemingly infinite series of reflections that change every time you look. 11 Mirrors, the first member of Design HotelsTM in the Ukraine, just celebrated its grand opening. This elegant sanctuary is a reflection of contemporary Kiev: sophisticated and simple, with no need for heavy embellishments.
The brainchild of Wladimir Klitschko, 11 Mirrors is the result of his vision of a hotel that would reflect the many different aspects of Kiev as well as his own experiences as a world traveller.
Anatoliy Kirik and Marina Leo, who are responsible for the architecture and interior design of the hotel, consulted closely with Klitschko whilst working on 11 Mirrors. In creating the look and feel of the hotel, their team of Ukrainian and international architects and designers combined global trends with simple, timeless elegance and sophistication.
The narrow 11-storey building impresses from the outside with its austere granite façade, combining contemporary design and 19th century architecture. Visitors pass through glass doors to the lobby, where the natural stone walls, reception desk, floor and fireplace complement glass panels, a stainless steel ceiling designed by Anatoliy Kirik and artistic mirrored wall décor by the local Fomichev Brothers.
The 49 luxurious rooms and suites offer peace and privacy, with windows overlooking Kiev's historical center, intimate lighting, dark wood accents, spacious bathrooms and subtle bursts of colour. With spa-inspired bathrooms, specially designed work spaces and fully-stocked bar areas, guests can easily relax and recharge to enjoy the nearby sights and sounds that the city has to offer.
Instead of the heavy imperial embellishments often associated with the Ukraine of the past, contemporary simplicity and elegance prevail throughout the hotel's interior design. Black and white backgrounds, wide panoramic windows, reflective silver mirrors and surfaces and ceramic decorations by majolica artist Taras Tkachenko give the hotel a sense of minimalism, while the amber-coloured design bar welcomes guests to the elegant, informal mezzanine restaurant and a fireplace warms cocktail-sipping visitors in the lounge.