There’s a reason Legoland parks drew a whopping 15.7 million visitors in one year: There’s something satisfying – even awe-inspiring – about the impressive structures, which are just tiny, colorful rectangles that just snap into place. Legos not only attract the attention of children whose parents prefer that they actively build something neat with their hands than lying in bed and watching cartoons; Experienced architects – especially Dmytro Vasyliev, Aleksandr Popov, Olga Alfiorova from the Eastern European company Archimatika – are also turning to the blocks. The architects at Archimatika were inspired by the miniature building blocks for their latest project: Comfort Town, a residential project in Kiev, Ukraine.
The project took a whopping 11 years, but the city is grateful because the square used to be a pretty unsightly industrial area. The aim of the architecture office when taking over the project was to develop the unfortunate-looking area in the middle of a busy Ukrainian city into a beautiful apartment block, which is especially salable in times of crisis.
The architects have been given a free hand to transform the area into a place where people actually want to live. So it’s no wonder that the team built a kind of Lego city. And with buildings beautifully painted in a combination of bright, attention-grabbing hues and eye-friendly pastels, Comfort Town is hard to miss. Plus, it offers a sense of serenity with all of the spaces divided by streets and courtyards so it doesn’t feel too cramped (as is sometimes the case in real Lego cities).
Not to forget, like any complex in a city, Comfort Town has a 14,763-square-foot retail space with a large fitness club and 3.7 acres of outdoor sports facilities. There are also cafes, shops and offices on the lower floors of the apartment buildings. In other words, it’s the perfect city. And that is hardly a matter of opinion. The new city has been hugely adopted by the younger generations of the city’s families and townspeople, who enjoy a more European lifestyle than the Soviet lifestyle that is so deeply rooted in the city.
In keeping with the city’s minimalist flair, the architects opted for buildings with simple, geometrically inspired shapes and completely flat exteriors. But even if the residents had to forego luxury such as balconies and some architectural decorative elements, Comfort Town is exactly what the name promises: Easy Living. Archimatika even restored some pre-existing elements, such as the park, which now includes a collection of flowering perennial trees, sculptures and a fountain.