New Zealand Trends Volume 33 No 3 - Page 20

Above: The entertaining kitchen is a fully equipped, working kitchen positioned at the back of the house behind the living kitchen. But this is no dark and enclosed secondary kitchen. This shot shows the glass pocket doors and sliding splashback panels on both sides opened up to fully connect the two kitchens. Glass transoms around the top of both kitchens also ensure light streams into both, while the conservatory structure on the entertaining kitchen brings more light in from a courtyard at the back of the house. search | save | share at and have designated functions, there is in fact a great deal of flexibility in usage between them. The back kitchen can be used by caterers for a party, but it also accommodates the coffee machine and small countertop appliances to keep these out of the living space. Flexibility was also built into the way the two kitchens connect. The glass transom around the top of both kitchens means there is always a visual connection between them, as do the glass doors on both sides. But these doors can also pocket into the wall to give a greater physical connection. Similarly, stone splashback panels next to the doors can slide back to give even more openness between the two spaces. There’s also a continuity in the mate- rials used in the two kitchens. The dark wood cabinetry in the living kitchen is matt eucalyptus, while in the entertaining kitchen lightly textured Siematic Truffle Brown woodgrain laminate was used. “They don’t match exactly, but they do look really good together,” says De Giulio.