Hospitality Design - August 2019 - 60

perspectives interview

Vasily Grogol
Bursa Hotel

At only 14, the Moscow-born Vasily Grogol
began his career in hospitality, doing
odd jobs in the industry until attending
hospitality management school at the
Glion Institute of Higher Education in
Switzerland. After graduation, he spent two
years in New York working with SIXTY
Hotels and conceiving Bursa, an art-focused
hotel brand that opened its first location in
Kiev in May 2018.
"I have always been into art, music, and
film, and I want to create places that are
going to connect artists and visitors," says
the 24-year-old hotelier. "That's the idea of

Bursa's bent metal front desk
is set behind a glass panel

Bursa; it's for everybody. It's for the guy in the
suit and the cool hipster. Here, they can have
breakfast, party at the bar, and live under one
roof together."
The inaugural property comprises
two historic buildings (the oldest, dating
back 200 years, was the former home and
workplace of famed 18th-century architect
Andrey Melensky) and a modern block.
With 33 rooms, a rooftop bar, and groundfloor restaurant Beliy Shum, local designer
Slava Balbek of Balbek Bureau crafted the
hotel with a Bauhaus spirit, complete with
concrete floors and exposed brick. "It has
a lot of plain colors like white and gray,
but then there are those big splashes or
brushstrokes of color," says Grogol.
The crux of the hotel, however, is the

nonprofit Bursa Gallery, which is dedicated
to promoting Ukrainian artists with the
goal to someday evolve into a contemporary
art museum. Indeed, throughout the hotel,
art takes centerstage. Take the cozy lobby,
where the striking front desk from a local
artist boasts a bent metal exterior in a nod
to 20th-century French sculptor C├ęsar
Baldaccini.
As Grogol plans Bursa's future-he's in
the building search phase for a property in
Athens, Greece-he's also expanding his
universe in Kiev with coworking and coliving concepts. "My ambitions are pretty
big," he admits. "I want to see more hotels
opening in other destinations, but hotels are
also a part of this whole movement of cosharing, and that's where I want to grow."

The Nice Cubed room features double
bunkbeds and Bauhaus-inspired furniture

Photos by YEVHENII AVRAMENKO

Green tiles front the metal bar at Bursa's
indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge 1818

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Hospitality Design - August 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - August 2019

Hospitality Design - August 2019
Contents
from the editor
behind the design
people: hd awards
people: hd siteseeing
sketchbook
brand identity: renaissance hotels
brand identity: 25hours hotels
hd expo recap: the box
on the boards: pendry hotels
interview: new hoteliers
interview: p.r.s. oberoi and adam d. tihany
5 questions for damien perrot
designer profile: nir meiri
carpet
made in america
seating
surfaces
brand builders: larry traxler
brand builders: andrew alford
brand builders: celia geyer
brand builders: brad wilson
Projects
twa hotel
little shelter
dovecote
ad index
back space: kemper hyers
Hospitality Design - August 2019 - Intro
Hospitality Design - August 2019 - Hospitality Design - August 2019
Hospitality Design - August 2019 - Cover2
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - Contents
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - from the editor
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - behind the design
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - people: hd awards
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - people: hd siteseeing
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - sketchbook
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - brand identity: renaissance hotels
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - brand identity: 25hours hotels
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - hd expo recap: the box
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - on the boards: pendry hotels
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - interview: new hoteliers
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - interview: p.r.s. oberoi and adam d. tihany
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - 5 questions for damien perrot
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - designer profile: nir meiri
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - carpet
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - made in america
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - seating
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - surfaces
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - brand builders: larry traxler
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - brand builders: andrew alford
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - brand builders: celia geyer
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - brand builders: brad wilson
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - Projects
Hospitality Design - August 2019 - twa hotel
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - little shelter
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - dovecote
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - ad index
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Hospitality Design - August 2019 - back space: kemper hyers
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