The Griffith residence in Canberra, ACT is a stunning architectural home designed by a collaborative team of design and construction professionals including Sonja McAuliffe from Archertec Interiors, DNA Architects and Mass Constructions.
Featuring striking overhead bridges and a glass floor that overlooks the outdoor pool, this kitchen needed a strong design aesthetic to make its mark within the home. From the start of the project, this was always going to be an unusual and challenging interior with its own unique personality and design requirements.
Sonja and her team were tasked with designing a kitchen that pushed the boundaries of creativity, using interesting and intriguing details that would complement the architecture. It also had to work properly as a functional kitchen with ample storage, set-down benches and enough area in which to move comfortably within each of the different kitchen zones.
Unusual overhead bridges, combined with see-though floors with a view to the pool below were the starting point for the kitchen’s design. The ‘bridge’ concept is replicated in the island bench. The kitchen’s long island bench is longer than a typical slab of stone, which created the first design challenge – to achieve the desired length of 6300mm without having noticeable joins that would detract from the continuous surface. This was achieved by designing three sections with Arabescato marble at either end, and a central work zone for the sink and taps, which discreetly hides the necessary joins.
The main kitchen sink is undermounted to the main island stone top with joinery underneath to cleverly conceal the service and plumbing in the central area of the island. Of the two suspended marble benchtops on either side of this central hub, one side links across to the feature tall joinery, and the other is cantilevered and engineered with steel frames to allow this section to ‘float’ and create a meals table.
A palette of whites, greys and charcoals sets the overall colour tone of the kitchen, highlighted in sections with stunning timber veneer feature pieces. Behind the main kitchen sits the butler’s pantry, which is in essence, a fully kitted-out second kitchen.
Archertec Interiors specified a Zip HydroTap Classic BC boiling, chilled and filtered water tap in a Bright Chrome finish for the Griffith residence.
With its timeless and elegant ambiance, the kitchen combines dynamic and contemporary elements that give this home a unique appeal. Fully functional with plenty of practical inclusions, the kitchen is aligned with the home’s incredible visual atmosphere.
Photography: Adam McGrath from Hcreations