David Capper’s interior’s company, MIC, created this light and intriguing glass box to house his new kitchen. Right from the start of this ambitious project, he knew he wanted Kitchen Architecture’s Bulthaup B3 kitchen to go inside. The minimal understated aesthetic of this kitchen enhances, rather than competes, with the period features of the cottage and glass of the extension. As well as something that looked fantastic, the couple wanted more room for their three children, all in their 20s, to socialise when they visit.
“Despite the extension being quite small we still wanted to stick with Kitchen Architecture’s core values of creating a kitchen that works perfectly for social interaction as well as functional cooking,” explains David. “The hob looks out into the home and garden so the cook is still the centre of attention and can maintain eye contact with guests and family while cooking and using the prep space on the island.
The raised bar gives somewhere to casually sit with a drink and brings a focus to the room and island.” The kitchen, in kaolin laminate with a natural structured oak bar, features a raised dishwasher for ease of unloading, a boiling water tap, Gaggenau cooking appliances and a large fridge built in to the cabinetry.
As the kitchen was in a glass box the backs of units could be seen from above and behind so this all needed to be concealed. “It was an unusual hurdle to overcome,” admits designer Alex. It was very important that this design was extremely accurate and lined through with the steels in the glass perfectly. It was necessary to conceal all the working and services to the kitchen for it to appear as a freestanding kitchen inside the glass box.
“Anyone that is lucky enough to inherit any form of unique architectural building has a duty to do it justice and has to understand how special these spaces are,” Alex added. “The language of the old with the new is one that works beautifully and really appeals to people. Don’t be afraid to challenge expectations and push boundaries, just because it’s a Grade 2 listed building doesn’t necessarily mean you need a traditional style kitchen in that space.”
Photography by Darren Chung
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