E + H wanted to open up their kitchen and dining space to the garden and maximise light whilst minimising the changes to their existing façade. The main issue was the existing narrow galley kitchen which had little natural light. The aim was to create a subtle intervention that would enhance their way of living. We proposed a modest side extension as well as an opening in the rear façade which allows for a widening of the plan and for a new space to be created which could be used in multiple ways. The main element of this project was to introduce a window nook which acts as a reading space, a seating area around the breakfast table and as storage for the two children’s activities. The brief included a subterranean wine cellar which required significant excavation works and the pouring of over three tonnes of cement.

We designed the space with a restrained palette of materials in mind, echoing the relaxed feeling of the garden, using highly skilled joiners to create feature pieces and using a subtle terrazzo for the continuous backsplash to provide a playful element to the kitchen. Externally, the facade respects what is already there, a context of inter-war Art Deco housing typically finished in white render.

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Modern home with Dining Room, Bar, Recessed Lighting, Pendant Lighting, Ceiling Lighting, Storage, and Concrete Floor. The Nook Photo  of The Nook HouseView Photos

The Nook

Modern home with Living Room, Bench, and Recessed Lighting. The Nook detail Photo 2 of The Nook HouseView Photos

The Nook detail

Modern home with Kitchen, Quartzite Counter, Wine Cooler, Concrete Floor, Wood Cabinet, Stone Tile Backsplashe, Drop In Sink, Recessed Lighting, and Pendant Lighting. Wine cellar Photo 3 of The Nook HouseView Photos

Wine cellar

Modern home with Kitchen, Refrigerator, and Wood Cabinet. Plywood and brass joinery Photo 4 of The Nook HouseView Photos

Plywood and brass joinery

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The Nook detail

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Lightwell

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Terrazzo backsplash

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Terrazzo backsplash

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Lightwell

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Existing plan

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Proposed plan

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Axonometric 1

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Axonometric 2

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The Nook detail - storage

Modern home with Kitchen. Plywood kitchen Photo 15 of The Nook HouseView Photos

Plywood kitchen

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Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2019
  • Square Feet
  • 270