This minimalist kitchen stands at the heart of the home with material choices and layout helping co-ordinate the wider expansion and renovation

Designed by  Studio Pacific Architecture

From the architect:

The context

The existing pre 1900’s two storey villa is situated at the southern end of Wellington’s character suburb of Mount Victoria.

The brief was to renovate the existing house and to add a contemporary addition that maximises the connection to the under-utilised outdoor space at the rear of the site for the family of seven.

Challenges included reconfiguring the existing house, taking advantage of the narrow and sloping site; and to balance the desire for a contemporary space with the heritage fabric of the original structure.

The result is a series of dynamic spaces that transitions between old and new as it traverses the long, cascading site.

Entry is through the original front before arriving at a new study at the top of a contemporary living pavilion.

The materiality is an interplay of the black stained raw timber that is an expression of the new and the white painted rusticated weather boards of the old.

The black stained timber that screens the exterior is carried through into the new pavilion where it seamlessly fuses the architectural elements together.

New interventions with the original house are clad in black and contrast the white of the existing villa while interior finishes are well-considered and drawn from a limited colour palette.

The kitchen

The kitchen’s layout flows from the internal stair as a hub between formal dining, living and adjacent alfresco dining area.

Careful planning ensured that the crafted stairs and kitchen datums form a seamless marriage of geometry and materials, with special attention paid to the finishing of the timber stair and cabinetry fronts.

The final finish was site-applied to both stair and kitchen cabinetry to ensure a perfect match of colour depth and clarity – giving them a bespoke and hand finished feel.

Black glass and fully integrated Miele appliances were selected to blend in with the hand finished black cabinetry.

This created a monolithic and minimalist look that is punctuated by a 5m high oak floor-to-ceiling screen and the family sized Sub-zero fridge.

The outcome is a large functional, family kitchen with a bespoke and modern minimalist look that feels in tune with the overall house aesthetic.

Credit list

Solid clashed American white oak veneer with hand-applied custom three-coat Rubio Monocoat finish
Benchtops and splashback
Artetech Terra Nova full bodied porcelain
Moth light, from ECC
Miele – flush mount
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended
Project team
Stephen McDougall, Richard Beatson, Takeshi Kominami, Dorian Minty
Stair and cabinetry timber site finishing
James Henry
Cabinetry hardware
Kitchen sink
Sealed float finish concrete
Miele – black glass
Miele – fully integrated

Designed by: Stephen McDougall, Studio Pacific Architecture

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Jason Mann

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