Story by Charles Moxham
Photography by Joel Barbitta
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Porcelain panels with the look of marble and a laminate with the look of wood create an upmarket, natural aesthetic for this kitchen with large walk-in pantry
It's a simple balancing act – you want your kitchen to have refined surfaces but then you don't want to labour away your hours cleaning everything down when the party or even family breakfast is over.
This large kitchen is set directly across from the living spaces in a three-level riverside home created by Urbane Projects with Steve Gliosca as architectural designer.
"The home is set up for entertaining on a large scale as well as catering to the needs of a young family," says Gliosca. "As such it had to look glossy and upmarket and yet stand up to day-to-day use."
And it was this double-requirement that led Gliosca to create the feature island and cabinetry in marble-look pressed porcelain panels, matched with a durable wood-look laminate product and wipe-down two-pac cabinetry paint finish. The same porcelain panels are used to clad the fireplace opposite, and the laminate is also repeated on cabinets in the living area, creating balance through the interior.
"The match of wood-look laminate and marble-look surfaces creates an eye-catching two-tone aesthetic which is also used to delineate the kitchen. A band of the dark brown laminate separates the perimeter upper cabinetry from the white ceiling."
And the interplay of surfaces isn't the only stand-out element in the kitchen. The large island is positioned out towards the living spaces and features a dense counter-top that appears to wrap back, downwards and out again at floor level to form a footrest for the island stools. Sets of concealed LEDs highlight the island's sculptural form.
Another aesthetic consideration came from a spiral staircase which is the central feature of the home. The curves from this stair are intentionally echoed in the curving landscape window beside the kitchen and living spaces and by the curvaceous wall that helps shape the rear scullery.
Along with stand-out good looks, the kitchen delivers big-time on functionality.
"The kitchen boasts large fridges in the end joinery block, which also forms the outer wall of the large walk-in scullery," says Gliosca. "The scullery continues the finishes of the perimeter cabinetry and has a second oven, second dishwasher and a wealth of bench space. As the scullery is only seen from the rear of the kitchen it was felt a door was unnecessary.
"The owners frequently entertain on a large scale and having an easy flow from prepping scullery to living area was a must. There are also lots of cupboards to hold large platters, such as in the high cabinets above the fridges."
Upper wall cabinets hide a minimalist, quiet rangehood with its motor on the roof.
First published date: 01 September 2017
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