80 square meterssurrounding a nerve centre of activities and enjoyment for the home’s residents. The recurring theme in this space is the multi-functionality that is developed in each area relative to the center. As the heart of this spatial concept, the kitchen acts as the core to all other points in the house.
The kitchen intertwines all the other spaces and functions of the home, unifying the other area around it. It is also a living kitchen which grows in relation to the specific needs of the moment, without affecting the overall structure or shape. It grows in height with greater storage options, or in width for a greater workspace use, depending on the users’ current livability needs.
New esthetic features are added to the traditional kitchen to make this central space versatile. The goal is to unite food and culture, moving away from the typical concealment of kitchen items and developing a contrary concept, one of display. Through a network of shelves, the kitchen becomes a bookshelf, a partition, a pantry… taking on a sculpture-like visibility that begs to be seen.
The shelf design allows you to put small kitchen items, such as spice racks, all the way up to large appliances anywhere. This means that the personality of the space depends entirely on personal taste. By placing the desired objects for all to see, completely different and personalized kitchens are created.
The treatment given to this central space plays with fullness and emptiness, allowing light and air to play a leading role in the scene.
The island — the epicenter of the space — is both a table and a bar, a place to grab a quick bite, or to share, to work alone or to gather around.
It floats from a central volume, defying the laws of gravity and the concept of bases and structures, freeing the floor from all the bulk we are used to, that rather contaminates our spatial vision. The lower area then is more spacious, even more hygienic, in use and appearance.
Only the countertop’s central volume rests directly on the floor to take advantage of its main feature as storage.
Fire in the center of the island takes us back to our origins and becomes a gathering point.
The project was created with Formica CompacTop®, a new and versatile solution for covering any type of surface. Its stone-like appearance used on horizontal planes vividly contrasts with the bright yellow of the vertical surfaces, a combination of classic and modern, where the same material takes on completely different looks because of how its use was carefully chosen. Among its many benefits, this material has a decorative double side that allows you to use it en masse, avoiding the “plated” effect of other products. CompacTop® is offered in different tactile finishes: Radiance, Riverwash or Honed. It is lightweight and 12 mm to allow new applications since it is a non-porous and inert material, making it the perfect solution for humid, dry or high-traffic areas.
To complete the functionally of this space, you can’t forget the benefits of the Whirlpool appliances. They integrate perfectly into the central countertop, and its drawer systems allow for interior access and improve kitchen ergonomics. The technical finishes of the Dornbracht faucets and the functionality of the Alapé products complete the project.
The simplicity of the unifying concept achieved in this space by architect Ruiz-Velazquez makes this kitchen project an innovative and unique example of modern architecture, achieved through the technology and innovation of the major brands.A perfect combination.