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Contemporary kitchen design by Minosa


Sydney-based design studio, Minosa, has completed a kitchen refurbishment project in a luxury home. The property is perched and cantilevering off a hill in the prestigious suburb of Dover Heights in Sydney’s east. 

The beautifully architect designed home, boasts 270° panoramic views from Bondi Beach to north Sydney in Australia.


The luxury home sits on the cliff face with levels above ground and four levels down and it’s a showstopper. It embraces its surroundings and captures the stunning views in their entirety.

The contemporary Sydney property belongs to two self-employed adults with two girls heading into their teenage years. The home had to cater to international guests and long close family visits. Having worked with the clients on previous successful projects, the designer was well aware that this kitchen was to be the nucleus in which all-home life was based and run. It had to be well designed and handle the demands that were going to be thrown its way. Furthermore it had to sit within the hardcore architecture created and ooze style and sophistication to all that entered the front door of this exquisite home.


The Brief

The brief was to create a contemporary kitchen, one that is more like a piece of bespoke furniture – and not a ubiquitous utility area. The owner wanted the space had to warm up the hardcore interior as it is surrounded by off form concrete ceilings and walls.

Some of the things the client wanted were an open-plan living space, dumb waiter accessible to formal living space above, double appliances – two integrated fridges, two integrated dishwashers and double, a visible floating staircase, separate space for tea and coffee as well as breakfast paraphernalia and most of all a wow-factor home.


How did you fulfill the client’s brief and what problems did you encounter?

When homes are strategically positioned in such a way as this home is, the clients’ objective is to capture the view – at all costs! Glass, glass and more glass! It makes the job of spatially planning very difficult. This space was exactly that… and more, as the clients’ drive was an architecturally impressive home including off-form concrete ceilings and basalt stone flooring.

For one, how do you cool a home that is west facing and there is no false ceiling to run air conditioning? Simple, design all of your joinery around it, the air-conditioning system that is…. that’s exactly what the designer had to do.


The credenza adjoining the kitchen has AC units concealed within, the entertainment unit conceals another and the largest of the three is concealed inside the kitchen bulkhead/suspended ceiling. Given the style of architecture it was obvious that a standard white gyprock ceiling was not going to cut it here, it would have looked out of place, an after thought!  The designer chose to make the ceiling an integral part of the design of the kitchen and other joinery elements through the home.


There is only one wall in this kitchen, this is concealed behind the fridges and dumb waiter, the other vertical element that played such a pivotal role in the design is a structural pier that keeps the building erect.  This is concealed in the central “pod”. This central joinery plays a massive part in this space. Not only does it house the oven, steamer, microwave and warming drawers; but also below is the pantry concealed in the drawers along with the houses’ waste sorting/recycling system. On the backside the pod to the left and right are electronically controlled zones. The first one (on the right) is the ‘coffee and tea zone’. With a touch of a button the completely concealed joinery piece emerges complete with bench top and its own internal drawers, which house all of the paraphernalia for this zone.


Onto the island, it was chosen that this would be the centre piece of the kitchen, the designer chose to create a waterfall end panel that effectively wraps around the bench top which helps draw your eye around and through the space, like most of the design element – all pointing to that view – and don’t forget the floating stair treads! The island unit houses two dishwashers, non-consumables, cleaning and is the cooking and preparation zone. Also a privacy panel was added to allow some mess in the kitchen (as things cannot always be kept tidy). The final material selection for this panel did not come about until the floor was down and most of the joinery was in as it was pivotal in creating a grounded and asymmetric balance with the all design elements. In the end, Lava Rock in the organics range by Corian® was used. “This was mostly due to the fact it could be made to look like a single piece wrapping around the island seamlessly and also due to the connection with other materials,” said the designer.

So with all the function taken care of, the designer then had to apply the lighting solution. The space during the day is filled with lots of natural light.  The two tones of veneer along with the off-form concrete create a real warmth (strangely enough) throughout the floor. Lighting was a key design element as basics (energy efficient house rating system) had compliance issues, especially for a house that is effectively a three sided west facing glass home. LED lighting became the key lighting source; there are LED task down lights strategically placed above the sink and in front of the ovens in the pod. Accent light was achieved by way of one major elemen, the adjoining exterior pool. This was fitted with colour change LED all controlled by the smart home automation system so that when entertaining the pool could be set to any colour or all colours.


“This home is a traffic stopper! The clients are thrilled to pieces with the end result and enjoy the functional kitchen as it plays its role as the hub of the home with poise and elegance daily,” adds the designer.

Images by Nicole England

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March 10, 2014 | Kitchen | View comments

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