With the steel and glass enclosure as a backdrop, the kitchen itself needed to be equally dynamic and functional. The walls and soffits were clad in zebrawood panels that helped to accentuate the height of the space. The kitchen cabinets and island integrated a darker toned wood for all of the cabinets and as cladding for the appliances, complemented by hand-patinated blackened steel hardware. As an unexpected detail, a library-style rolling ladder was integrated into the design to marry with the industrial feel of the glass and steel structure, while solving the classic design issue of accessing storage areas that are typically out-of-reach.
Inspired by the original Hopes style windows, we kept our fabrication approach as authentic as possible. The blackened steel frames were built as removable pairs to allow for field glazing. A sliding steel and glass door was integrated into the structure, that, when closed allowed light transference, but provided acoustic privacy for the interior area. As an additional feature, we created and installed an operable window system based on the same properties.
Notice the two-story tall enclosure; it’s both a functional and sculptural element in the space. It allows light to emanate from the clear story that it surrounds and it gives the space a monumental sense of scale. In addition, it allows the client to close off his office to his guests, or allows him to provide his guests their own two-story suite, which incorporates the interior space of the glass and steel structure but employs the ships ladder to access an unexpected guest room.