Bamboo kitchen cabinetry integrates with wider use of wood through this home's interior

Wood cabinetry, a green tile splashback and understated slender benchtops all give this kitchen a furniture-like appeal so it doesn't stand out from its surroundings.

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Its easy to understand the owners chosen emphasis on wood when this home is considered in its wider natural context. From the pool deck to the joinery to the tables to the ceilings and the kitchen cabinetry, nearly everything is made from this highly sustainable material.

The homeowners on this project wanted the kitchen to connect effortlessly to the interior and exterior living spaces creating a functional yet casual kitchen at the heart of their new home.

Architect Roy Tebbutt at Strachan Group Architects (SGA) says the understated kitchen is positioned at the intersection between the main circulation hallway and the entry concourse a pergola-like element that runs right through the interior and out to the lawn and pool area.

"Being an integral part of the home design process from the outset led to the kitchen becoming a logical extension of the materials and detailing seen elsewhere throughout the interior," says Tebbutt.

Perhaps the strongest material connection is the bamboo cabinetry. This pale wood is also introduced on internal doors, custom bathroom cabinetry, occasional shelving, built-in window seats and bookcases.

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Seen from the pool, the only kitchen element really on show in this project is the green splashback.

"And the connection doesn't stop there. The bamboo also connects with the home's window joinery and the slatwork that forms the pergola."

The modern plywood ceilings complement the bamboo cabinets, too, while the matt green splashback also tones in with both these warm, natural surfaces. The splashback is made from a single large-format porcelain tile with the matt finish helping to downplay rather than highlight the surface. And the engineered stone countertops with the look of Carrara marble are slender again, downplaying their presence.

While the cabinetry and the island almost literally disappear into the woodwork, the kitchen's functionality is also downplayed in visual terms. The tall cabinet to the right of the cooktop includes a pantry with pocket doors that allow easy access to the internal countertop and shelves for food and appliances. The other tall cabinet that bookends the cooking area also has a small pantry that's used as a coffee station.

In addition, the ovens below the cooktop are partly concealed from sight behind the island.

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The islands engineered stone countertop includes an understated sink, while a dishwasher, rubbish station and further storage are all set into the business side of the island. The hallway extends beyond the kitchen in both directions. Running perpendicularly across this, the pergola-like orienting feature is made from wooden slats. Floor tiles extend from the kitchen out to the pool area, another way the design blurs the lines with its surroundings.

The equally discreet rangehood is set flush under the central upper cabinet, its mechanics hidden behind the inoperable central frosted panel above. The panels to the left and right slide across to access additional storage space.

Everything was considered to merge the kitchen into the greater interior. The ends of the island have book shelves on them, giving the kitchen a furniture feel when seen from the hall.

Credit list

Roy Tebbutt,
Wordup GR tiles from Mobile Ceramics
Techlam sheet tile from PSP
Hansa Linga from Franklins
Smeg power pack
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA)
Bamboo drawer fronts and panels; woven bamboo; clear 2-pot lacquer finish
KSoul Grain; Absola
Bing pendants from Simon James Design; Manuka pendant from Backhouse Interiors
Kitchen sink
Zerox 500U by Blanco
Electrolux oven; E-Line IOI pyrolytic oven

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Simon Devitt

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