This luxurious property in Belfast Co Antrim demanded a fantastic kitchen design - a classical kitchen design with loads of unique design features. The contemporary kitchen design worked on many levels for a wonderful bespoke kitchen. The clients approached me at an advanced stage in the build which meant that the under floor heating and floor had been finished without provision being made for kitchen services. The late planning by the clients and subsequent lack of kitchen services hampered the kitchen design options and threatened the success of the project.
A kitchen peninsula was used to fluidly explore and maximise the functional and social potential of the expansive architectural space while providing a solution for the lack kitchen services.
Functionality laid the foundation to the kitchen design with aesthetics, sociability, entertainment and holistic layers being introduced to create a complex blend of practicality and style that was tailored around the user.
The final contemporary kitchen design considered multiple sight lines within the space and presented multiple visual hooks that could be picked up from various angles, enhancing the visual impact of the kitchen design and shielding functional processes from view.
The kitchen island became the medium for artistic and functional expression. The elaborate mix of textures, layers and curves become intertwined into a fluid and approachable preparation space. Feature pods were used to invite social loitering and define the social side of the kitchen.
A trench was created in the kitchen worktop and given removable storage to enhance functionality, provide visual definition and limit the impact of worktop joints.
The varying height of feature elements enhances the impact achieved from the complex mix of materials, geometry and architecture. Lighting provides a holistic element to the kitchen design, offering flexibility in an open plan setting and encouraging the feeling of calm.