When the client appointed architectural firm, Studio John Irving to revamp somewhat of a dilapidated Victorian villa along the streets of Auckland in New Zealand, what the architectural firm noticed was only potential for an ideal setting of family bonding and informal entertaining where the transformed space would be filled with lots of natural light and being an integral part of its lush surroundings.
After consultation with the local Auckland city council, Irving’s team developed a plan that would keep the “house with two halves”, preserving its heritage to a certain extent. This means keeping its original frontage intact, while the rear is replaced with a black metal and glass pavilion that catered better to the owners’ lifestyle.
Seamless Kitchen Aesthetics
Architects and designers worldwide have been paying attention to the growing popularity of the integrated kitchen concept, where appliances blend into the design of the kitchen itself. This is synonymous to the thinking behind Fisher & Paykel’s integrated products, where the seamless design allows homeowners to decide seriously what to hide, show or use as feature appliances to create focal points in the living space.
Take for instance Fisher & Paykel’s refrigerators, rangehoods, DishDrawer™ Dishwasher and CoolDrawer™ Multi-temperature Drawer that are part of the integrated series. The appliances could be installed with custom panels matched to any cabinetry to present a unified aesthetic and seamless appearance. Induction and Gas on Glass cooktops lie flush within bench-top surfaces, allowing the cooking area to be almost as discreet as the hidden appliances.
Even in space-constrained homes or floor plans with open-living concepts, Fisher & Paykel’s integrated fridges and freezers will help the kitchen feel like part of a cohesive space.
Embrace the Integration Evolution
The client’s willingness to embrace the idea of combining two such dramatically different types of architecture has paid off, says Irving. They now have the best of both worlds rather than a congested or totally overhauled villa kitchen. The appliances, including a French-door refrigerator, were all designed in the integrated kitchen style within the clean lines of this modular unit. This created simple but beautifully articulated handles that added subtle detail to the monolithic arrangement of form.
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