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Designing a kitchen for a compact holiday home requires addressing some key factors – for example, if it’s part of an open-plan living area it may need to visually downplay its practical use. And, given a getaway’s often limited floor space, multipurpose functionality is also a plus. Architect Evelyn McNamara designed this home and the kitchen in it as a movable feast – a design that could work in any scenic location. The prototype nestles in a grove of tree ferns. The house has solid end walls for privacy and long glass-clad side walls to stay close to nature. The central kitchen, bathroom and laundry pod is effectively a rectangle within a rectangle – with corridors leading down the sides of the pod to two bedrooms at the back, says McNamara. “Given the modest size of this living and kitchen volume, I wanted the kitchen to recede visually and add a sense of depth to the space.” To this end, most elements are black. The cabinetry fronts are black-stained chipboard, and the island waterfall benchtop and carcass are in black Corian, while the island’s knee recess is in black cedar – a continuation of its use on the exterior cladding and interior end walls. Black, backpainted glass forms the splashback. Above left and top: Versatile agenda – the freestanding wood table looks like an extension of the island’s worksurface but it can also be relocated and used as a dining table. Above: Black Corian waterfall edges on the island add a glossy feature. Following pages: This kitchen looks modest in size but is actually 4.7m wide. The black cabinetry, splashback and benchtop surfaces bring depth to the open-plan space. search | save | share at