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

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Slender benchtops, handleless joinery and folded metal planes on the island are all features of this contemporary kitchen design

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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.

First published date: 08 May 2018

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Credit List

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