Award winning U shape kitchen with stainless steel countertops and cabinets

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Not only is this kitchen highly functional, it also connects seamlessly to adjacent areas of the home. Trends editorial director Paul Taylor looks at this Trends International Design Award winner by Strachan Group Architects.

Kitchen with semi-industrial look, stainless steel, birch timber, exposed wood and steel beams, open to courtyard.

Heart of the Home has become term to describe the importance we give to our kitchens these days.

But it’s not often that the term applies to the extent we can see in this kitchen – which really feels like it’s in a command central position.

It’s in new home by Dave Strachan of Strachan Group Architects, who worked on the design alongside owner-architect Rachel Rush. With views in one direction and an outdoor entertaining area in the other, the kitchen was designed to take advantage of both.

There are garden and distant sea views from the sink on one side, and on the opposite side the kitchen connects seamlessly to a barbecue patio.

The kitchen’s U-shape gives it a very functional layout. Plus it’s designed to be highly organized, with a place allocated for everything from everyday utensils to miscellaneous items that are only used occasionally.

The owners also wanted a commercial feel. And this is apparent in the stainless steel cabinetry and benchtops and a stainless steel shelf above the cooktop that incorporates the rangehood and pot rack.

It’s an aesthetic that fits perfectly with the semi-industrial look created by exposed timber joists .. and blackened steel beams .. in the adjacent living area.

So much so, that this kitchen was judged the best New Zealand Architect-designed kitchen in the 2015 Trends International Design Awards.

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