Light, white kitchen has adjacent underground wine cellar

Chef's kitchen with in-ground contemporary wine cellar, white cabinetry, stone countertops and large skylights

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A circle of glass in the floor is the way down to a spiral-staircase wine cellar in this modern kitchen.

While wine fridges have become commonplace kitchen appliances, what do you do when your wine collection is too large for your kitchen to accommodate it? Designer Jason Bonham's answer is a twist on an old one go underground.

For this project, the clients asked Bonham to create a modern entertainers' kitchen that would contrast, yet be respectful of and reference, the 1900s home.

The kitchen is set partly in an extension to the villa and partly in the rear add-on.

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A discreet, pop-up Wolf downdraft extractor allows this cooktop to be placed on the island without the need for a dominant extractor above.

"To connect with the original architecture from the new build, we added large skylights, looking up at the classic facade," says Bonham.

The kitchen's white, minimalist cabinetry is combined with white marble benchtops and a white jade marble splashback for a serene feel. The understated tile pattern on the splashback adds texture to the design. Recessed pulls connect with the negative detailing on the island.

"As the couple are avid wine collectors and space was at a premium, we looked abroad and found this spiral cellar solution taking us below ground level for the perfect solution. The cellar has automatic glass doors and is internally lit, creating a dramatic practical feature."

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Translucent glass upper cabinetry adds to the sense of space in this light-filled kitchen. The tiled splashback has a distinctive, quiet patterning, adding a texture accent to the minimalist design. This is highlighted with concealed lighting.

However, this isn't the only instance where the under-floor space was brought into play. Achieving the kitchen's clean, minimalist look involved a lot of behind-the-scenes engineering, detailing and measuring. For example, the Wolf downdraft extractor involved exhausting beneath the floor and behind the walls.

"This project, like much of our work, was reliant on early involvement from the architectural and engineering standpoint. For example, to conceal the extensive services we built bulkheads that appear as part of the architecture the work was detailed but the effect seamless."

Credit list

Jason Bonham PDINZ,
White jade marble from SSL
Minta Touche by Grohe
Wine storage
Spiral Cellars
Hero II from Inlite
Custom by Image Interiors cabinet makers, with Resene Black White satin polyurethane finish
Carrara marble from Italian Stone and Silestone Blanco Zeus from Architectural Stone
Kitchen sink
Franke by Reece
Grigio honed porcelain tile, from European Ceramics
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Winner

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Mark Scowen

23 Jun, 2016

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