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“The materials are honest and balanced but not to period,” says the architect. “However, the design still needed to suit the age and style and context of the original building – hence our emphasis on textural detailing. “The kitchen and pantry walls are clad in a textured handmade white ceramic subway tile. In the kitchen, the tiling is punctuated with door openings in blackened steel, carrying the home’s window detailing into the space. The two-tone effect is reinforced with the custom, slender blackened steel light over the island benchtop. The 3.5m long island operates as two zones – one end for working on the other for seating.” The hand-painted beadboard ceiling and light-stained timber floors also add to the sense of a crafted aesthetic. However, there is more to the demarcation of space in this design. While the business side of the kitchen is a picture of gleaming stainless steel appliances integrated into stainl ess steel cabinetry, the other side – nearest to the living areas – is finished in refined wood joinery. BE Architecture’s design subtly delineates connections and separations while evoking the feel of a working kitchen with an artisanal air. Above left: The pantry next to the kitchen has the same black, white, and wood look as the main kitchen. As well as a prep bench under the window for natural light, the space includes additional storage, secondary appliances and a butcher’s block-look island. Legend: 1 Main kitchen, 2 walk-in pantry, 3 ancillary study space search | save | share at