A Kitchen Crush in Tamboerskloof

Words: Julie Velosa

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This contemporary kitchen, located in Cape Town, overlooks the city bowl with sweeping views across Table Mountain. The space, designed by Greg Scott & Liana Abate (Greg Wright Architects), maximises these views and creates an environment that is visually stunning, but comfortable enough for the family to gather and spend time together.

We chat to the architectural team about this project…

What were the clients looking for in terms of look, feel and functionality for the kitchen area?
The clients wanted a house that ‘lived’ well and made the most of the expansive vistas of Table Mountain and the cityscape. They wanted the space to offer an inside-outside experience that made the most of the climate and lifestyle Cape Town has to offer. The kitchen was always considered very central to the home, so had to be social, functional and informal all at the same time. It was to be a place to socialise, eat informally as a family, for the children to work and play in, as well as a place to have a glass of wine whist others are cooking or preparing food.
What were there challenges of the space?
The main challenge was trying to balance easy, single-level living with a vertically orientated program. The house is packed out over 5 levels, but the living level is where all the socialising and entertaining takes place; on a tight footprint, it is not always easy to manage to achieve this.

 Who put the kitchen together? The kitchen was fully designed, detailed and specified by us; then a joinery company (Hardmond Joiners) manufactured and installed to our specification and details.

Liesel Crafford of Konsep Design was the interior decorator on this project, we asked Liesel to tell us more about the interior style.

The client wanted the kitchen to be sleek and modern, yet warm.  The juxtaposition of the wall of charcoal high gloss cabinets with the opposite wall of sliding glass works beautifully in the relatively narrow space, making the kitchen feel infinite to the outside.

The installation needed the minimum of furniture, chairs for the stone table-top and kitchen stools for the counter. For the dining chairs, I selected clean lined Spanish chairs in walnut with soft leather seats to continue the language of the dark oak floors and add the required warmth. The bar chairs were custom designed and locally made from walnut. I purposefully steered clear of stainless steel detail on the chairs. Finally, I wanted to hint at the Asian influence in the client’s life, so the design was pulled together with the addition of organic elements like pots of herbs in the counter drainage trough, dark stoneware plates and handmade ceramics to achieve a contemporary, yet interesting, tactile space.


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