Story by Colleen Hawkes
Photography by Jim Bartsch
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Golf course views from kitchen by Abramson Teiger Architects
Taking an innovative architectural approach to the design of this kitchen has provided visual continuity – and a sense of drama.
Architect Trevor Abramson of Abramson Teiger Architects designed the kitchen as an integral part of a contemporary house, which is positioned to maximise picturesque views of the rolling greens of a golf course.
Abramson says the rear wall of the kitchen, accommodating the cooking centre, received special attention as it is on a direct axis with the entry into the room. Dark-stained walnut veneer and crisp stainless steel panels alternate to create a layering of the elements.
"The different layers, some of which are recessed by a few centimetres, create a patterning that adds visual depth – layering is always about drawing the eye to the space beyond."
The architect says the apple green cabinets are another key part of the composition.
"This wall is the terminus of an important visual axis. The bright colour punctuates the focal point, enhancing the drama. Having the same colour on the bar stools and pendant lights heightens the effect."
Layering is also a feature of the suspended ceiling that defines the work area and adds intimacy. Cutouts in the dark walnut open up to the white expanse of the ceiling above.
To provide full functionality, the kitchen features two large, granite-topped islands. The island nearest the oven and cooktops is a designated food preparation area, while the second island, which has two sinks and dishwashers, is the cleanup centre. This island also has a wood bar top that allows for easy socialising.
In addition to storage within the kitchen, there is a large walk-in pantry off a passage that links the kitchen to the garage. Another doorway leads to the formal dining room, providing an easy flow between formal and informal living and dining areas.
First published date: 12 April 2012
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