This kitchen is truly the hub of this new home

That's not a cliché for this award-winning kitchen. Everything about it puts it firmly at the centre of activity in a seaside family retreat

Winner – TIDA International Kitchen of the YearTIDA New Zealand Kitchen of the Year

The hub of the home. It’s a phrase so often used about kitchen design these days that it’s become almost a cliché. Yet sometimes it’s a description that so perfectly fits a kitchen that it’s hard to avoid it.

And the kitchen seen here, in a family retreat designed by Paul Clarke of Studio2 Architects, is one of those instances.

For a start, when family and friends arrive at the home, stairs take them from the front door to the upper storey open plan living area where the kitchen sits squarely in the centre.

The gabled architecture of this space is designed to make the most of views in two directions, while also providing as much privacy as possible from neighbours. And in a nod to the owners’ involvement in the timber and furniture industry, the ceiling walls and flooring are all timber.

Set against this warm backdrop, the kitchen stands out with its white cabinetry and engineered stone countertops.

The four-metre long island provides a casual gathering point as well as ample food preparation space. Sitting on a base of American Oak, its top waterfalls at one end, while at the other end it cantilevers like a bar towards the outdoor living area.

But this is not the only design feature that links indoors and outdoors. The kitchen itself connects to an integrated outdoor cooking zone including built-in barbecue. Large sliding glass panels between the two zones give the flexibility to have them separated or combined.

Architect Paul Clarke describes the set up as an oasis where family and friends gather. A true hub of the home.

Credit list

Architect and kitchen design
Paul Clarke, Studio2 Architects
Cabinetry hardware
Custom designed pulls by Tim Webber design; Blum
Kitchen sink
Water dispenser
Wine fridge
Fisher & Paykel
Tim Webber Design and Inlite NZ
Plytech Polaris HPL White Super Matt, cedar veneer, stainless steel
Quartz Bianco from Prime Stone
Dornbracht Tara Classic from Metrix
Oven, cooktop, ventilation, refrigerator, dishwasher
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) – International Kitchen of the Year – New Zealand Kitchen of the Year

Story by: Paul Taylor

Photography by: Simon Devitt

05 Jun, 2020

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