Home' K and B : Kitchens and Bathrooms 2010 Contents INSPIRATION sanctuary
Concrete and glass combine to create a pared-back
approach to 'sanctuary'. PHOTOGRAPHY Hideya Amemiya
32 WA's Best Kitchens & Bathrooms 2010
How to bring in the look:
• Designing a space with one material brings
about a feel of tranquillity.
• Concrete has a raw, pared-back appeal that
is sophisticated, yet calming.
• Hiding appliances and storage keeps out
kitchen clutter to help integrate the kitchen
into the living zones.
• Framing views to nature in floor-to-ceiling
panes of glass adds 'living colour' and is a
must for a sanctuary vibe.
"All the kitchen is made
from concrete: one single
lump pierces through the
whole space. It makes a clear
statement of sanctuary."
In sharp contrast to the bathroom on the previous
page, this design uses a single material and views to
nature to bring about its sanctuary feel. Concrete
and glass have been used throughout the home, which
provide a feel of monastic calm as you walk through
the spaces. The kitchen rises from the floor as a single
stretch of concrete, punctuated only by flashes of
stainless steel and white leather in the bar stools, which
mirror the sofa just beyond the bench. The sink has been
under-mounted with a thick border of concrete that
ensures it doesn't stop the eye, and the cooktop is the
only hint that this is indeed the cooking zone. Storage
and kitchen appliances are hidden in the cupboards
below, which travel down a stairwell, providing plenty of
space to tuck everything out of sight. According to the
architect, Japan-based Kubota Architect Atelier, the
design was pared right back to maximise a view of the
mountain: "Since the consciousness of the client tended
towards beautiful scenery, the kitchen needed to be
designed simply to maximum extent." The design also
ensures that the bench is part of the entire space and
can serve as a place to read, talk or hang out, without
giving an overriding feel of being in the kitchen.
Kubota Architect Atelier www.katsufumikubota.jp.
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