This moody space bucks the trend for light and bright kitchens
Picture: Michael O'Brien

Caroline Di Costa and Adrian Iredale designed their Mt Hawthorn home together.

"We desired a sense of heaviness, the darkness also creates deep shadow and reflection and a sense of mystery," Mr Iredale said.

"All aspects of the design encourage an engagement with the garden in a continual and dynamic manner."

A Blossom Light which opens and closes, by Hans Scharoun and Gunter Ssymmank in 1959, hangs overhead, sourced from Germany.

The dark timber and cabinets are a reflection of those featured in the original house, and a tile-clad island bench with brass angles mimics the tiles on the floor.

"It emerges from the ground rather than floating on or above it," Mr Iredale said.

Built by Hugo Kitchens, the space is not large and yet it is incredibly efficient.

"Most appliances are concealed behind doors and a roll-down blind enables an entire bench to be concealed during times of entertaining," he said.

"It is flexible and allows two cooks to work at once, and the narrow bench contains a pantry, microwave, appliance drawers and additional bench and layout space."

Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, 9322 9750, This home is an entrant in the 2014 Australian Institute of Architects WA Architecture Awards.

The West Australian

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