Test kitchen in bright red lacquer and red glass

Contemporary red kitchen by LDA Architects with bar, red lacquer, bamboo and steel-framed glass cabinets

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Cabinets in this test kitchen feature a mix of vertical grain bamboo and red lacquer. The design is by LDA Architects.

Passionate foodies and the proliferation of cooking shows have elevated the art of food preparation in recent times. But few have taken it as far as the owner of this kitchen with the possible exception of Heston Blumenthal.

Architect Douglas Dick is quick to point out this is no family kitchen, and it's not just the bright red accents that spell the difference.

"This is a kitchen expressly designed for experimentation. The client, a research scientist in the biomedical industry, has a passion for molecular gastronomy. This highly scientific way of cooking is reflected in every aspect of the design. For example, the kitchen incorporates gas jets, bunsen burners, a compressed air valve and a liquid nitrogen tank for the instant freezing of food."

The architect says the kitchen is part of a large entertainment area in the basement the family kitchen is on another level. The basement also includes a bar, wine cellar, fitness room and home theatre. All these areas are linked by dramatic red accents.

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With five ovens, warming drawers, griddles and a salamander grill, this test kitchen is equipped for every cooking need. The owner has a passion for molecular gastronmy. The design is by LDA Architects..

"The client is attracted to vibrant colours, and red has a sports car quality that really appealed," Dick says.

In the kitchen, red appears on quartzite benchtops and splashbacks, on lacquered drawers on the island, bar stools, and in two pendant infrared lights that can be pulled down to keep food hot.

The island, which is the main food preparation area, has a stainless steel top, with a flush-mounted blender and rubbish receptacle, as well as the gas jets and bunsen burner.

Perimeter cabinets are in bamboo, chosen for its warm, natural look and its consistent, linear grain.

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This new kitchen resembles a science laboratory complete with bunsen burner and liquid nitrogen tank for freezing food. The kitchen was designed by LDA Architects for a client with a passion for molecular gastronomy.

"The contrasting surfaces set up a visual dialogue between the natural materials, such as the wood and stone in the bar area, and the highly polished man-made materials the stainless steel, glass and aluminium," says Dick. "There is another contrast between the crisp nature of the kitchen cabinets and the curved, organic form of the bar. This has a more sensuous look, which is in keeping with the sensual nature of the red."

Other key features of the kitchen include an obscure glass pantry that is reminiscent of laboratory storage, and a wealth of appliances. The kitchen has five ovens, two griddles and a salamander.

Credit list

Douglas Dick AIA,
Cabinet company
MVK Architectural Millwork Corp
Quartz on perimeter; stainless steel on island; bar in UltraGlas Squiggle Opaque
Cres Cor heat lamps; Tube 3 and Abbey pendants; LED lighting
Built-in countertop blender
Interior designer
David Nault,
Tall storage cabinets in stained bamboo; island and perimeter cabinets in wood painted in Parapan Signal Red
Wall coverings
Teragren vertical grain caramelized bamboo
Quartz and stainless steel
Griddle and salamander

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Greg Premru Photography

19 Dec, 2013

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