Based on the idea that a kitchen is the heart of a home, Lukstudio has created The Culinary Village where kitchen fixtures, fittings and features are displayed in four interlinked domestic settings, which create the effect of a labyrinthine house without any bedrooms, living rooms, bathrooms or bedrooms. It is one never-ending kitchen, blended with a gallery, a cooking classroom, a VIP lounge, and a multi-functional courtyard. This design has transformed the original 1,000 sq m floor into a complete brand experience for manufacturer Arda.
Situated by a reflective pool and framed by green walls, a white box marks the entrance of the journey. Following stepping stones in the shallow water, visitors enter a dark tunnel. On the left, an introductory video is accompanied by a water feature of dishwasher jets; on the right, a peek into the courtyards ahead of their discovery. The main display area is organized as a series of white huts, each presenting an ideal kitchen: minimalistic white, total black, rustic country and modern American. Lukstudio has organised these areas carefully, carving out strategic openings to create a visual dialogue with one’s movement.
Walking along the stone pavement, a vaulted shed stands out within the quiet ‘village’. Reminiscent of an outdoor kiln, the space displays the evolution of oven technology and creates an interesting twist in the spatial experience. Next to the red-brick structure, a fully-equipped classroom with movable doors and cooking stations provides a multi-functional area for try-out sessions and company events. Passing windows with views to the exterior courtyard, one reaches the VIP lounge where exquisite dinners will be served. Lined with travertine stone slabs and walnut wood panels, this elegant room promises memorable gatherings. To top it off, guests are welcomed into the adjacent conservatory and outdoor courtyard where herbs are planted and picked to garnish their dishes.
Reinventing the experience of a conventional kitchen showroom, Lukstudio’s artificial village of kitchens brings water, daylight and plants into close proximity. While the project presents many possible consumer experiences, it also reflects on the essence of an ideal living environment.Lukstudio | lukstudiodesign.com