Trends New Zealand Volume 33 No 4 - Page 25

Walk on through This kitchen is integral to the circulation path through a home on a narrow site – but it also has surprising connections to other features of the house One key aspect of designing a new kitchen is to make sure it’s well connected to adjacent areas of your home. That can mean connecting to outdoor areas, including a pool, so you can still supervise the kids while preparing a meal. But this kitchen design by Clinton Cole of CplusC Architectural Workshop takes that link so much further. It doesn’t just overlook the pool, it gives an underwater view too. The kitchen and pool are on the ground floor of a two-storey family home Cole designed for a narrow, 10m x 35m site. “The site was hemmed in by buildings on the north and south boundaries, and the owner wanted to have a pool,” says Cole. His house design is much like a box with one wall pulled back from the boundary to accom- modate the lap pool. This brought light into the depth of the plan, plus the pool also became the means to reflect and refract light into the home. But this arrangement also cut into the home’s interior space, including the kitchen. Part of Cole’s solution was to have the pool butt up against the house, and from that came the idea to make the common wall transparent. “You sometimes see a port hole in a pool, Previous pages: The ground floor living spaces in this home by architect Clinton Cole of CplusC Architectural Workshop not only look out on the pool – they have an underwater view too. These pages: A suspended staircase helps screen the home’s entranceway from the kitchen. The circulation path runs down both sides of the kitchen island – leading from the front door, through the kitchen to the dining and living areas beyond. search | save | share at