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A modern kitchen with an island bench in an open-plan holiday home.

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In this hilltop getaway by Utz Sanby Architect, the kitchen and living areas are cooled by passive ventilation.

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A kitchen designed for a vacation home will often combine a social feel with an understated aesthetic that won't detract from the views.

This kitchen forms part of a vacation retreat designed by Utz Sanby Architects. Co-director Kristin Utz says the owners wanted a workspace that would be warm and welcoming with ample storage. But most of all, it had to connect with and celebrate the beautiful environment.

"The island, fronted in blue-gray zinc with rich wood framing, is central to this connection. The metal brings an artisanal emphasis and will develop a patina over time, complementing the colors of the vegetation and sea. The zinc also tones with the exterior siding that wraps over into the living space to form a feature wall."

Presenting a warm contrast to the metal, the spotted gum edges on the island also chime with the interior – the floorboards, ceiling beams, and window and door frames are in the same wood.

"Rather than a continuation of the millwork, the island has been designed as a stand-alone piece of furniture to meld with the living areas."


The long kitchen provides ample storage and counter space, while its orientation makes the most of the views in both directions.

Credit List

ArchitectUtz Sanby Architects
Interior designerKatrina Hill, Katrina Hill Design Group
Kitchen designUtz Sanby Architects, Katrina Hill
Kitchen manufacturerSydney Joinery
Oven, cooktopIlve from Winning Appliances
RefrigerationFisher & Paykel
CabinetryZinc-wrapped MDF with two-pack finish
HardwareIndustrial Expression
Storage systemsBuilt-in millwork in solid recycled spotted gum hardwood
CountertopsQuartz and zinc
FlooringSpotted gum
BlindsVerosol Ambience in Charcoal
LightingYellow Goat Design
Kitchen sinkOliveri
FaucetsAbey Verona sink mixer pullout by Candana
FurnitureKitchen table, Cucina by Cod Joinery for Café Culture; chairs, Smile by Andreu World from KE2U
Window and door hardwareHalliday and Baillie
StoryCharles Moxham
PhotographyMarian Riabic

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