Exotic materials and a subtle grey and white palette help transfer a boxy rear space into a contemporary family and entertainer's kitchen

Designed by LSA Architects

From the architects:

The brief was to provide a home for a single person with room to grow in the future – retain the heritage components but provide something that would provide a surprise and be different from the box on the back. 

The setting

This rear room is 4.5m to the apex and provides a noted scale change to the front of the house – the space sits low on the block and respects its neighbours.

Exposed steel portals frame the room and these portals help to define the separate functions. 

The portals also provide the lighting for the space with each steel member having an LED strip to one side.

This provides all the general lighting required in the space – task lighting is provided under the kitchen cabinets. 

The palette is grey and white with layers of materials to keep the room warm and inviting.

The kitchen

All stone benchtop elements are porcelain which I find to be a very flexible and beautiful product – it's easy to work with, safe to use and provides stunning results. 

This is teamed with black cabinetry. 

Warm oak engineered flooring flows in from the front part of the house tying the spaces together. 

All walls are finished in Venetian Plaster which softens the large space and makes the room more embracing.

The kitchen anchors the back of the feature space. 

2 pac joinery in black provides a perimeter visual frame for the space – ample storage is contained here and integrated kitchen equipment. 

The cabinets finish at the pitching point of the roof except for the rangehood, which because of its height and design provides a real focus to the cooking space and emphasises the ceiling height. 

The feature island sits centrally and provides an additional seating area – the angle to the knee space responds to the space but doesn’t try and match the ceiling. 

All elements are given equal focus in the room but still manage to site in harmony together.

Credit list

2 pak paint – island, Resene Half Silver Chalice; cabinets, Resene Element
Quantum Quartz Porcelain – island, Super White Quantum Six+ Matte; rear bench, Marquina Six+ Matte
Kitchen sink
Franke Kubus, double bowl, in Black
Miele, from E&S Trading
Fisher & Paykel, French Door, from E&S Trading
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Winner
Project Build
Cabinetry hardware
Dorset Arezzo Knurled Bar Handles in Frosty Dark Nickel
Quantum Quartz Porcelain – Marquina Six+ Matte
Greens Trance, in Gun Metal
Whispair Paris, from E & S Trading
French oak floors – in French Grey

Designed by: LSA Architects

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Urban Angles

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