Published at Sunday, July 07th 2019, 15:35:57 PM. kitchen design. By Donata Caputo.
When your apartment is very small, every room needs to work together - including the kitchen
With integrated appliances and high-tech living, there are no needs for a kitchen to look overtly domesticated. Combine these developments with open plan living and it's easy to design to your kitchen to look like a continuation of the architectural style of the rest of the house.
The apartment featured on these pages is very small and when SCDA architects were asked to refurbish it, the brief from the owners was to make space seem more expansive and spacious than it actually is. The living and dining rooms, a quite narrows so architect Chan Soo Khian says he introduced the convex curved wall to make space look wider and more interesting.
Because the whole apartment is so small, the kitchen had to be a functional part of the overall living area. To make it appear as one space we carried the convex curve from the living area across the back of the island countertop and cabinets that separated the kitchen and the rest of the living space.
"This long, sweeping curve gives you a strong sense of being in a semi-circular space," says Chan Soo Khian. The island countertop is at bench height to make sure that the kitchen isn't completely visually separated from the rest of the space. A granite shelf at a higher level is supported by four slim stainless steel legs.
To ensure the kitchen works well with the rest of the apartment and fits into the spatial concept for the living areas, his team worked out a simple, minimalist design with colors and finishes that complement the rest of the apartment.
Colors right through the apartment are neutral - black granite, maple and beech timber, and veneer, stainless steel fittings, monochromatic paintings, and white painted walls. The cabinetry in the kitchen is made from beech veneer to match with other freestanding and built-in furniture in the living areas. This also blends with the maple timber used for flooring throughout the apartment.
The Nero Assoluto granite benchtops in the kitchen reflect the black leather furniture in the living and the dining room white black, stainless steel and integrated appliances and fittings complete the minimalist look of the decor. Black granite tiles for the kitchen floor also run along the small hall that passes alongside it, leading to the master bedroom, bathroom, and study.
To introduce extra light into the kitchen, the wall above the sink and hob is made from sandblasted glass. Behind this wall is an open walkway, which allows filtered sunlight to stream through the glass and into the kitchen during the day.