Say No Mo is a conceptually new format of a beauty salon. The ‘heart’ of the salon is a bar used for both beauty services and traditional cocktail receptions. The main task faced by balbek bureau from the very start of the design process was to break away from a traditional perception of a conventional beauty salon, and its gender distinction.
Say No Mo位于基辅一栋200平方米的两层老建筑中。沙龙的一层设有四个区域：接待区、休息室、美甲区和足部护理区，地下一层包含了化妆区、护发区、美容区、洗手间和一些设备。
Say No Mo is a 200-sq. m, two-level premises in an old building in Kyiv. With the curved-walls geometry and without a single parallel wall, the place boasts 4-meter high ceilings and has a distinctive atmosphere. The ground level of the salon features several zones: reception, lounge, manicure/bar, and pedicure. The basement level contains a make-up zone, hair care, cosmetology, restroom, and facilities.
One of the main visual accents of the salon is located in the reception area. The cast-in-situ concrete ‘broken’ arch serves as a metaphor for broken stereotypes in the beauty industry. It is made of poured concrete and weighs several hundred kilograms.
The reception zone has a lounge area with furniture groups and a fireplace that serves not only as a waiting area but also as a place to relax during cocktail parties.
Podiums are equipped with integrated sliding drawers and washbasins for the use of the salon staff; during parties, they are covered with hollow coffee tables.Overall, the pedicure zone is finished in light tones with contrasting golden accents, giving it a feeling of cleanness.
化妆区和发型设计区MAKE UP AND HAIR STYLING ZONE
Salon’s ‘-1’ level is located on the basement floor. Given the lack of natural light, low ceiling height, and small square area of the premises, the entire floor has been finished in white, with the maximum use of mirrors, which visually made the space look light and airy.
The bar counter is plated with black metal with crude welding seams made intentionally prominent. The top of the bar is made of a 12-mm thick composite material. The passage that leads to the nail art zone has a hanging hammock chair, which has become a favorite Instagram spot of the salon visitors.
美甲区NAIL ART ZONE
A 2-meter deep water basin was discovered in the nail art room during the leveling of the concrete screed. Our team decided to keep this unique feature, filling it up with balls the color of the landing; a glass floor was assembled on top of the basin.
项目名称：Say No Mo美容沙龙
建筑师：Slava Balbek, Sofiia Hupalovska, Nataliya Stukonog
Project Name:Say No Mo
Architects: Slava Balbek, Sofiia Hupalovska, Nataliya Stukonog