Picture perfect

Floor-to-ceiling glazing and a shared graphic wall ensure this kitchen and courtyard work together
Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Diana Snape
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View of a contemporary kitchen which features island, polished concrete floors, CaesarStone benchtops, timber veneer cabinets, glazed splashback, appliances, and lighting.

One way to increase the apparent size of a space is to borrow visually from another area. Finding an easy connection between an indoor room and an adjacent courtyard, for example, can enhance the sense of volume for both.

This contemporary kitchen and connecting outdoor yard form part of a substantial addition to a classic residence. The design, by architect Adam Grundmann, includes an upscale picture wall running between indoors and out.


View of a contemporary kitchen which features island, architecture, furniture, interior design, real estate, white
View of a contemporary kitchen which features island, polished concrete floors, CaesarStone benchtops, timber veneer cabinets, glazed splashback, appliances, and lighting.

"The homeowner's father is an amateur photographer and a close-up from one of his images of the African savannah decorates the wall," says Grundmann. "The graphic connects the spaces at a glance, and makes the courtyard look bigger in its own right as it is difficult to gauge where the landscaping ends and the photo wall takes over."

The feature wall also disguises elements in the kitchen, with the 3mm glass panel edges concealing the lip pulls of inset cabinetry, the outlines of integrated appliances and a pivoting pantry door at left of the cooking niche.

View of a contemporary kitchen which features island, architecture, daylighting, house, interior design, real estate, white
View of a contemporary kitchen which features island, polished concrete floors, CaesarStone benchtops, timber veneer cabinets, glazed splashback, appliances, and lighting.

The weatherproof exterior wall section is manufactured from two sheets of glass with the photographic image sealed between them. For the interior section, a less robust treatment was required and the photo is simply back-painted onto the glass panes.

"The backsplash is a double-glazed window, with a backdrop of bamboo in the garden outside," says Grundmann. "I designed the island to look as if it had been drawn out from the cooktop wall niche. Wenge on both the alcove cabinets and the island draws the two together visually and adds warmth to the space."

Feb 08, 2011

Credit list

Kitchen manufacturer
Cooktop
Barazza
Refrigeration
Liebherr fully integrated refrigerator/freezer; Westinghouse Virtuoso fridge-freezer
Splashback
Clear, double-glazed window
Benchtops
CaesarStone
Wallcoverings
Painted plasterboard
Kitchen sink
Franke Kubus undermount, two models
Waste disposal
Sorter by Franke
Oven
AEG
Ventilation
Qasair
Dishwasher
Bosch
Cabinetry
Briggs wenge timber veneer with Futureglass screen-printed glass fronts on MDF laminate carcass
Lighting
Lighting Partners Australia
Taps
Oxygene sink mixer in polished chrome from Abey
Door and window glass
Principal provider Viridian
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