La Punta Residence
For a kitchen to really work well, each one of these items need to be addressed and resolved. There are no generalized correct answers to any of these questions, only a correct answer for each individual cook.
The original Kitchen for a Cook was small, dark, and cramped, with no connection to the dining room, which was the main eating area. A discourse began between the architect and the client, centered on how the client works in her kitchen and the desired relationship between the kitchen and dining room, which would remain the primary eating area in the renovated kitchen. Other important considerations were how to incorporate an informal 'café nook' in the kitchen, and how to have an easy circulation between kitchen and dining area, for both people and food.
An open / closed kitchen design responded to the way the client cooks (alone) and her desires to hide the kitchen mess, yet maintain an openness of communication and circulation between the kitchen and dining room. A separate yet integrated part of the work space became the 'café nook'. Here's how the open / closed design worked out:
The resulting kitchen is ideal for a real cook, either cooking for a couple or for a crowd.
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