Gorcafe 1654

After a few years, a small space beside 1654 was left unoccupied. Dmitriy Zaporozhec approached us to create a new restaurant with an open baking space, contact bar, and more nightly ambience. The new place was named ZuZu.
Before we started working with the area, it has been rented to a clothing store and all walls and ceilings were covered with plasterboard. As it usually happens, under the layer of drywall we’ve found brick walls and the original fretwork on the ceiling. We promptly decided to leave it all be. Interior design started assembling.

With Vova Toshaev and First Line team we planed out the work zones like kitchen, bar, and open baking space. To ensure everything functions properly and the restaurant’s guests are comfortable, we, Alexandr Tsyganov, and the engineering group developed a hidden ventilation system, floor heating, and lots of other small tech details.
Developing the design with Vitalyi Sobchenko, we’ve tried to convey the diversity of styles and materials. We combined the loft-style brick walls, concrete, metallic framework with classic: fretwork on the ceiling, old oak tables, wooden panels and platbands. Alexey Lyah made amazing oak tables, filled with epoxy. They are so beautiful it’s hard to take your eyes from them.

The project has been developing for almost a year. During this time, we gained a profound understanding of how restaurant work is built and realized that the nice interior and comfortable chairs are not enough for it to be truly good – and we’ve committed ourselves to make it so. The restaurant is a complex mechanism, and designers should think through every small thing that people within it, both employees and guests, will interact with. Smooth teamwork is essential, – and we became a part of an amazing team working with ZuZu interior design.

In 2019, Dima Zaporozhets and his team decided to merge the city cafe 1654 and ZuZu restaurant. They’ve come up with a laconic name: Gorcafe 1654. Now, it’s a cafe with shared menu and bar – but the difference in the two halls’ atmospheres remains.

We’re glad we took part in creating such a cool place! It’s an iconic project both for our studio and for Kharkiv


To emphasize the scale of the space, the inner window slopes were lined with wooden panels. And the shelves of the bar were made to the ceiling and framed by a classic wooden portal. As an accent, we have chosen a blue-green color for the bar counter, window sill and one of the walls.

Usually we try to hide all the ventilation, but here we did not lower the ceiling, so we had to mount the communications in an open way. And we came up with a construction of a metal pipe that frames the ventilation and air conditioners, while serving as a fixture for lamps and a multimedia system. Pipes and all open communications were painted black, and the ceiling was left white, giving a graphic design.

Furniture for the restaurant was made in Ukraine according to our sketches. We also developed lighting fixtures for this project, which were made by the guys from the Garage Hub. And Dmytro Zaporozhets complemented the interior with an unusual decor and a collection of books, which was placed on the shelves opposite the entrance to the restaurant.
A super cool feature of the bar is a huge graffiti by the famous Kharkiv artist Hamlet Zinkovsky.

JZL is a unique place with everything: the aroma of pastries and coffee, simple and delicious food and cocktails. Despite the closely located places and relatively small area, this is a legendary place for Kiev and everyone just has to visit here!