HOME Magazine NZ - - Design Notebook - Ar­chi­tect . . . . . . Ben Lloyd, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lloyd Hart­ley Ar­chi­tects Pho­tog­ra­phy . . David Straight Lo­ca­tion . . . . . . . Cen­tral Auck­land Brief . . . . . . . . . . . . To max­imise space with a seam­less de­sign sym­pa­thetic to a 1929 her

A kitchen in an ar­chi­tect’s her­itage apart­ment is opened up with crisp sim­plic­ity and gen­er­ous stor­age.

Did the her­itage list­ing com­pli­cate the project? Al­ter­ations re­quired con­sent from Her­itage New Zealand – a rel­a­tively pain­less process and a nec­es­sary one to en­sure our built his­tory isn’t de­stroyed. How did you make the ren­o­va­tion sym­pa­thetic? By re­duc­ing vis­ual clut­ter and try­ing not to com­pete with ev­ery­thing around it. With lim­ited space and an es­tab­lished ar­chi­tec­tural lan­guage, we de­signed the kitchen to be as seam­less as pos­si­ble, in­te­grat­ing ap­pli­ances and in­cor­po­rat­ing com­ple­men­tary el­e­ments of brass and tim­ber al­ready in the apart­ment. Why choose Co­rian for the bench­top? For seam­less­ness – we could match cab­i­netry fronts and pow­der-coated han­dles, and keep the bench­top slim so as not to dom­i­nate. It can also be site-welded to en­sure an un­in­ter­rupted sur­face and it’s eas­ily re­stored if scratched or dented over time. You’ve wrapped the cup­boards? Yes, there’s a res­o­nance be­tween them and the bench­top. It’s also a tidy way to mask cab­i­netry ends, which are vis­i­ble from the liv­ing room, and a LED strip was re­cessed into the Co­rian against the wall. How did you max­imise the small space? Be­lieve it or not, we now have at least twice the amount of stor­age with the 2.8-me­tre ceil­ing height and cab­i­netry along one wall. Max­imis­ing bench space was a pri­or­ity and by putting all the larger el­e­ments in this area we were able to free up the rest of the kitchen. We also worked with an ex­cel­lent cabi­net­maker – Lin­don Har­ris from Jo­hannes Er­ren – to en­sure we max­imised every bit of avail­able space.

Left In the Auck­land kitchen of ar­chi­tect Ben Lloyd, a brass toe-kick and par­quet floor­ing sit har­mo­niously with a bench top and up­per cab­i­netry wrapped in Co­rian ‘Glacier White’.

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