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Great Kitchens from Gestalten Books

We have selected some of our favorite kitchen designs from our architecture books of the past year.

Posted by Gestalten—08/2014

Whether it be in forest cabins, energy-efficient building or smart inner-city apartments, kitchens are the center of a home. We have selected some of our favorites from various books we published over the past year. 

Apartment in Milan, Italy. By Pietro Russo. From The Chamber of Curiosity

The architect Pietro Russo interpreted the 1930s origins of the building in his own way and created a continuous style throughout the apartment, combining vintage and designer pieces with his own made-to-measure designs. In the bright kitchen, the mix of wood, glass and cement works very well.  


Green Box in Lombardy, Italy. By Act Romegialli. From Hide and Seek

The Green Box is a renovated disused garage, accessory to a weekend house situated on the slopes of the Raethian Alps. Its main function really is to support the myriad climbing vegetation growing all over it, and to allow the owner to observe the plants and surrounding landscape. The kitchen, built in rough galvanized steel, may just be the closest to a proper cooking space in nature one can get. 


House House in Richmond, Australia. By Andrew Maynard Architects. From Our House in the City

This residential project takes a stand against the Australian tendency towards large, flat, and low density housing. It is owned by two generations of one family and maintains a continuous relationship between indoor and outdoor living. Thus, the kitchen counter extends through the rear glass wall and ends in a built-in barbecue ideal for large family gatherings. 


Stall-Haus in Grisons, Switzerland. By Morger+Dettil Architekten. From Hide and Seek

This remote Alpine vacation home is a house within a house: the former cowshed's facade was preserved but the structure gutted, and the upper floor with its 4.70 meter-ceiling was converted into the living quarters. The kitchen was cast in black concrete and consists of a single piece, and the area is separated from the living room only by the chimney and bench covered in the same material. 


Pilotis in a Forest, Kanto, Japan. By Go Hasegawa & Associates. From Rock the Shack

This weekend house floats over a dense forest canopy, which is treated as an extension of the building's walls. The living room and kitchen have been kept small on purpose to contrast with the open feeling of the rest of the house, thus cultivating a feeling of security in the middle of the expansive wilderness. 


House in Notting Hill. Notting Hill, London. By Annabel Kassar. From The Chamber of Curiosity

The interior design of this house combines North African, Victorian and modern influences and is filled with souvenirs that the architect has brought bacl from her many travels. In order for the narrow rooms not to feel claustrophobic, she added textural details that allow them to feel much more generously laid out. One example is the kitchen with its steel surfaces and three-dimensional mirror ceiling, which is connected to the terrace through the application of the same tiles.