Light moves

Australian House & Garden - - TOP 50 ROOMS - Eva-Marie Prineas (pic­tured) & Brid­get Webb Stu­dio Prineas, Rush­cut­ters Bay, NSW; (02) 9332 2006 or stu­dio­prineas.com

36A white-on-white pal­ette and clev­erly placed lightwell are a win­ning com­bi­na­tion in this glo­ri­ously light-filled, open-plan kitchen. It’s part of the new rear ex­ten­sion of a 1920s Syd­ney cot­tage, which pre­vi­ously had an add-on of poorly lit, boxy rooms cut off from the back gar­den be­low. Eva-Marie’s de­sign in­cludes a change in level be­tween the old and new parts of the house: this means the kitchen is now an easy step from the gar­den. This also cre­ated a dra­matic ceil­ing height in the kitchen area, am­pli­fied by the place­ment of a north-fac­ing sky­light ex­tend­ing the length of the kitchen bench, which sees light pour into the space. Walls of painted re­cy­cled brick, V-groove cab­i­netry, a Cae­sar­stone-clad is­land and brass de­tail­ing all help es­tab­lish lay­ers of tex­ture in this white space.

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