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Sculptural kitchen at the heart of the home – both functionally and in terms of design

08 May, 2018
This mid-level kitchen and dining area by Strachan architecture, house, interior design, table, black, Strachan Architects, plywood, stainless steel, Blum, KWC, Tap
This mid-level kitchen and dining area by Strachan Group Architects is separated by a balustrade and stacker doors from a full-height central atrium with a glass roof that draws natural light deep into the heart of the home.

Some kitchens stand out as hard-working functional workspaces, while others quietly meld into the background. Then there’s another breed again, a more abstract design that invites attention while still playing down its function.

This kitchen – firmly in the last category – is on the mid-level of a contemporary, three-level home designed by Strachan Group Architects, with Roy Tebbutt as project architect. The home is on prime coastal land and has a strong, strategic architectural presence, optimising key views while also screening out the neighbours. 

“The home’s black horizontal cladding is a design reference to the surrounding striated sandstone cliffs while vertical timber elements add warmth and contrast,” says Tebbutt. ”And this dramatic two-tone exterior is echoed in the kitchen’s strong, simple material palette.” 

The kitchen has a pared-back look in term of form as well as finish. The minimalist, recessed handle joinery repeats the design of other joinery elements through the home. 

Keeping it neat, most appliances and ample storage is integrated into the hoop pine plywood cabinetry wall that provides a warm backdrop to the kitchen. A large walk-in scullery, accessed through a hidden doorway in the cabinetry, matches the kitchen and also helps keep it clutter free. 

“The island is a strong, sculptural element in its own right,” says Tebbutt. “It has a folded matt black steel surround, topped with a bead-blasted stainless steel bench. Geometric folds in the metal provide leg room for the bar stools.”

Despite offering plenty of functionality, the island retains its clean look with an integrated sink, flush hob and pop-up extractor.Central to proceedings, the workspace is close to the dining and living areas and also next to the home’s north-facing patio.


Credit list

Architects
Architects: Strachan Group Architects – Dave Strachan, Roy Tebbutt and Joanna Jack (graduate)
Kitchen sink
Subline 400-U undermount by Blanco
Refrigeration
Miele
Plywood
Plytech International
Cabinetry
Hoop pine plywood, custom steelwork on island bench surround
Taps
KWC
Wine fridge
Transtherm Studio
Sliding doors
Yellow Cedar Timber Sliding Doors by McNaughton Windows and Doors
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Winner
Cabinetry hardware
Blum Legrabox Terra
Oven, cooktop
Gaggenau
Dishwasher
Fisher & Paykel
Fireplace
Real Fires
Benchtops
Shotblasted stainless steel
Ventilation
Parmco flush-mounted downdraft
Water dispenser
Zenith Hydrotap
Lighting
Spot lights, LEDs from Lightplan

For more than 30 years, Trends has promoted great home design ideas through its print, digital and online media.The Trends International Design Awards – TIDAs – take that involvement to the next level with the search for the best kitchens, bathrooms and homes across a number of the countries where Trends has a presence.


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