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Sometimes kitchen design goes beyond the minimalist to create something more akin to a sculptural event. On this project, the abstracted cabinetry, island, peninsular and formwork are composed to optimum visual effect – and being set on high only adds to their presence. The owners asked architect Craig Steere to design a family kitchen and linked scullery, both with views to the river and gardens beyond. The kitchen was to feel like part of the interior design with good storage to minimise clutter. “In response, we elevated the kitchen and dining spaces – the podium effect creating clear sightlines to the outdoors over the living areas. This move also reduced ceiling heights over the kitchen, creating a sense of intimacy,” Steere says. Raised on high, the kitchen also has a bold aesthetic that emphasises sculptural 3D forms. There’s a central cabinetry pod in walnut veneer that has the appearance of a large piece of furniture – part of the brief was for the cabinetry to complement and enhance the wider interior design. A long scullery runs behind the pod and a cavity in the latter allows anyone working in the scullery to pass food through to the kitchen while also enjoying the green outlooks. Previous pages: The large timber wrap-around adds to the emphasis on bold forms and helps define the spaces. A cutout in the walnut-clad pod allows peaks through to the outdoor views from the scullery behind. A pocket slider closes off the large scullery when entertaining. Above: A composition of black, white and wood-toned geometric forms, this kitchen and dining area designed by architect Craig Steere is set on a raised floor to access views. search | save | share at