U-shaped semi-industrial kitchen with stainless steel cabinets and benchtops

Award-winning kitchen with semi-industrial look, stainless steel, birch timber, exposed wood and steel beams, open to courtyard

Story by: Colleen Hawkes
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This kitchen in a new home takes centre stage it offers a 360° view of the indoor and outdoor living areas. To provide a commercial look, modular Arclinea stainless steel cabinets are teamed with birch timber veneer. The design is by Dave Strachan, Strachan Group Architects, with Rachael Rush.
Not only is this kitchen highly functional, it also connects seamlessly to adjacent areas of the home.

With views in one direction, and an outdoor entertaining area in the other, the kitchen in this house was designed to take advantage of both.

Architect Dave Strachan of Strachan Group Architects, working with owner-architect Rachael Rush, positioned the kitchen right in the heart of the home. Designed in a U shape, the kitchen is open above bench height on all sides to indoor and outdoor living areas.

There is a view from the sink over the lawn to the sea in the distance. On the opposite side, the kitchen opens up to provide a seamless serving area to a barbecue patio.

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This new semi-industrial kitchen features a birch timber pantry, at right, that incorporates a stainless steel bench. The design is by Dave Strachan, Strachan Group Architects, with Rachael Rush.

"The owners wanted a highly functional kitchen with a commercial feel," Strachan says. "So we chose Arclinea stainless steel cabinetry modules and benchtops, and added a suspended stainless steel shelf with integrated rangehood, pot rack and exposed ducting."

The commercial materials, and the small stainless steel appliances on the benchtop reinforce the raw, semi-industrial look created by the exposed timber joists and blackened steel I-beams in the living area. The front of the island and the tall pantry cabinetry at one side feature birch plywood.

Sized to optimise modular storage for items, such as Tupperware, the pantry incorporates a stainless steel bench.

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This new Arclinea kitchen has a U shape, with deep stainless steel benchtops. On one side, the kitchen opens up to provide a direct serving area for a barbecue patio. The design is by Dave Strachan, Strachan Group Architects, with Rachael Rush.

"There is a place for everything in this kitchen, from general utensils, wraps and paper, to oils, chopping boards, herbs and spices, and miscellaneous items for birthday parties," says Strachan. "Even the corner storage is maximised with a He¤fele Le Mans corner system."

Functionality also determined the design of the integrated double sink. This is large enough for oven trays, and has a square-edged aesthetic, with a small radius for easy cleaning.

Feb 04, 2015

Credit list

Architect
Dave Strachan, Strachan Group Architects, with Rachael Rush (Auckland)
Benchtops
Stainless steel by Crosbie Stainless Steel
Lighting
Katalog, Inlite,Targetti
Taps
Dornbracht from Metrix
Ventilation
Custom rangehood
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Winner
Cabinetry
Arclinea, stainless steel, custom birch ply
Flooring
Basalt tiles; pilularis timber overlay; ground and Polished Concrete
Sinks
Stainless steel by Crosbie Stainless Steel
Range
Wolf from Kouzina Appliances
Refrigeration
Sub-Zero from Kouzina Appliances
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