fbpx DAN | Daily Architecture News Ahead of the curve: Kennedy Nolan's blueprint for new-age kitchen design - DAN | Daily Architecture News
Ahead of the curve: Kennedy Nolan’s blueprint for new-age kitchen design

Ahead of the curve: Kennedy Nolan’s blueprint for new-age kitchen design

News
Residential Design
13-08-2020
WATCH: Highlights from the world of architecture and design.

Defined by its colossal curves, scalloped detailing and coved rear benchtop, the Expansive Kitchen boasts all the hallmarks of Melbourne architecture outfit Kennedy Nolan. But this certainly isn’t a cookie-cutter response to the client’s brief, explains practice principal Rachel Nolan. “Every approach we take for kitchens is always new,” she says. “We try not to ever roll out just what we’ve done before.” The client in this instance was Australian company Laminex and the challenging brief called for the brand’s range of laminates to be put to the test in innovative and exciting ways by Rachel and practice co-principal Patrick Kennedy.

The Expansive Kitchen by Kennedy Nolan.

The first of two kitchens designed by Kennedy Nolan for Laminex, the Expansive Kitchen is the more spacious, family-centric edition, anchored by an island bench with superb curved ‘legs’. The natural gathering spot in any kitchen design, the island bench is treated more as a piece of furniture – “like a big table,” says Rachel. Approached in this way, the table is void of the regular considerations that you’d expect to be integrated into a typical island bench arrangement.

Determined to push the sculptural limits of laminate, Kennedy Nolan balanced dynamic design ideas with intricate detailing. In most cases, the finer details are only discoverable upon close inspection. An example of this rests alongside the scallops of the cabinetry. While big on impact, the scalloped doors are cleverly set forward to create shadow-lines and to conceal finger pulls. Another example is how the sweeping curves of the central table’s legs are mirrored by an understated two-tone treatment of the laminate on the counter surface. Further, the junction between the rear bench and splashback is expressed as a gentle curve rather than a run-of-the-mill 90-degree join.

Kitchen by Kennedy Nolan

But it’s not all about the handsome facade, explains Rachel. “It’s important for us in practice that it’s understood that architecture isn’t just what you see,” she says. “For us, it’s really about how well it works.” With this focus on function in mind, some of the hardest-working elements of the kitchen – the sink and appliances – are deployed to the rear wall. Here, the striking dual cylinder rangehood, also impressively clad in laminate, is partnered with a generous run of cabinetry below and to its sides.

While the kitchen’s design was driven by material, the soothing colour palette was informed by the softer hues of the Australian natural landscape. “We were really looking at something that felt very Australian,” Rachel says. As such, the full-height cabinetry is lined with Whitewashed Oak – inside and out – and the benchtops and splashback are clad in Paper Bark laminate, selected for its slight eucalyptus-green tinge. French Cream laminate was applied to the rangehood cylinders, set against pencil tiles reminiscent of the country’s dusty plains. French Cream also forms the contrasting colour of the two-tone benchtop.

It’s important for us in practice that it’s understood that architecture isn’t just what you see.

Rachel Nolan
Principal, Kennedy Nolan
Laminate is the hero material in the Expansive Kitchen by Kennedy Nolan

With the Expansive Kitchen experiment, the Kennedy Nolan design team has fashioned a sophisticated family zone for the future, setting the kind of scene where the residents might cook, eat and socialise. Or perhaps pull up a stool and work from home at times like these. The material-led design is forward-thinking in the way it has challenged the traditional use of laminate, resulting in a kitchen blueprint that is beautiful and practical in equal measure. The calming and convivial space, swathed in a symphony of nature’s gentlest tones, responds wonderfully to the contemporary Australian approach to living.

Kitchen by Kennedy Nolan

Related stories

Advertisement
Login to join the conversation

Subscriber comments are moderated first. Respect others. Criticise ideas, not people. No offensive language View commenting guidelines

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Further Reading
View all in News
The OVO collection of chairs by Foster + Partners for Benchmark
Designed by fellow Brits, Foster + Partners architects, the three new additions to OVO take the shape of an armchair, a stackable armless version and a lounge seat. “The collection is a celebration of craftsmanship and materiality, a tactile range of furniture that is characterised by the simplicity of form,” says Mike Holland, head of […]
News
18-06-2121
Beachside beauty: Pavilion Street residences in Queenscliff by SJB
The beautiful colour and weathered texture of brick provided the ready (and obvious) answer to the client’s brief for a local material that could withstand exposure to coastal conditions. The ‘Emperor’ brick in Ghost from Krause Bricks was selected for its handmade variation in texture and array of colours, from warm blondes to violet hues, […]
News
17-06-2121
An ancient relic lies at the heart of China's Fuzhou Teahouse by Neri&Hu
Procured by the client, the Chinese artefact in question is the timber residence of a high-ranking Qing dynasty official, replete with ornamental carvings and intricate joinery. Relocated from the province of Anhui, about ten hours drive north of its new home in Fuzhou, the Hui-style structure is now enshrined as an inhabitable centrepiece; a fascinating […]
News
17-06-2121
Reutov Design punctuates a New York cafe with lashings of one soothing hue
“Among the endless movement of millions of people and cars, you often want to get in touch with nature,” Dmitry says of his New York experience. “Here is an oasis in the midst of a raging stream. We have created a cafe in which it will be comfortable not only to relax, but also to […]
News
15-06-2121
Zaha Hadid Architects joins Hyperloop Italia to design super-fast transport
“We are looking forward to collaborating with Hyperloop Italia; marrying transformative architecture, engineering and urban planning with the most efficient and sustainable transport network to significantly improve accessibility, connectivity, and well-being in our cities,” says Patrik Schumacher, principal of ZHA.  Zaha Hadid Architects joins Hyperloop Italia / News highlights Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has formalised […]
News
11-06-2121
Australia 108: The tallest residential tower in the southern hemisphere
Set back from the Yarra River in the Southbank precinct of the city, the 100-level Australia 108 building is now settling into its new home and getting acquainted with its neighbours. Including the 297-metre Eureka Tower that was completed in 2006. Located only a block away, the Eureka Tower held the title of Melbourne’s tallest […]
News
10-06-2121

Back to Top