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Outside the box This new kitchen challenges preconceived notions to provide a flowing, functional space that’s perfect for entertaining A contemporary extension to an Art Deco house provided a blank canvas for the design of this new kitchen. But it wasn’t without a few challenges, says architect Domenic Ridolfi of Ridolfi Architecture. “The extension, at the rear of the house, faces south, so we needed to maximise the natural light. It was also important to provide a modern living space while being respectful of the Art Deco style of the existing cottage.” Ridolfi says the owners have worked in the hospitality industry for many years, and this was also a key design influence. “They wanted a modern, innovative space that would evoke the entertaining spirit. A simplicity of form and materials was essential.” With this in mind, Ridolfi created a large, free-flowing space with ample glazing – the glass wall beside the stairs overlooks a courtyard that functions as a light well. There are also skylights that bring light into the work areas and scullery in the heart of the home. Instead of traditional cabinetry, the architect designed three commercial-style stainless steel workstations, and wrapped these in quartzite stone to create three sculptural volumes. Facing page and following pages: Quartzite stone wraps around the three stainless steel workstations in this new kitchen designed by architect Domenic Ridolfi. The stone gives the workstations a strong, sculptural presence that balances the light, airy look created by the extensive glazing and open stairs. Above: One workstation serves as a coffee and drinks centre. With wide openings between the units, circulation is unobstructed. search | save | share at