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The Kingsway Residence - Kitchen
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The Kingsway Residence – Kitchen
Sub-Zero & Wolf Kitchen Design Contest 2008, United States – Regional Winner, 2
This kitchen is part of an overall renovation and addition to an existing residence. Since this is the part of the home most utilized by the owners, the kitchen was positioned between the dining room at the front of the house and the living room which is sunken at the back. Its prominent position and size relative to the rest of the home, speaks of its importance not only as a functional working space but as a place to gather, congregate and socialize.
Designed for a family of four with two teen-aged daughters, the owners love to cook and entertain within the kitchen; therefore the island is the focal point. Its unique design – 10 feet plus a 5 foot cantilevered end – allows for eat-in dining, rendering the dining room as a ‘special occasion only’ room.
The pantry wall opposite the island separates the kitchen from the entry corridor, while providing ample storage. And while the space is narrow, wide access corridors and accesses at each end of the kitchen ensure that there is never congestion. The space works regardless of how large the gathering, be it two or twenty.
The material palette is a balance of warm and sleek materials. Wood veneer is used on the lower cabinets and pantry wall. Lacquer finish is used on the island millwork and the frig tower. Corian counters, Corian sink and back-painted glass backsplash complement the palette. The thinness of the Corian was expressed to give a streamlined aesthetic to the countertops and island. It was a deliberate decision to forego upper cabinets over the counter to keep the space open. Instead, an aluminum shelf was installed as a place to display special objects.
Photography by Joy von Tiedemann
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