A scrumptious textural feast awaits the visitor to this gorgeous renovation by Marcelo Alvarenga at Play Architecture.
Set in the tropical climate of Brazil, it is a sumptuous demonstration of the palette.
The house is a renovation of a home built in the ’70s in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais.
These rooms had been walled off from each other.
In the eat-in kitchen, precast concrete slabs define the island.
Bright primary colors offset the earthy brick and stone.
The materials in the old building were kept and reused in the new structure.
The result is a study in gorgeous complementary ‘dry’ textural materials that contrast with the wet greenery of the surrounding jungle.
Architecture studio Guido Costantino designed this stunning clean lined contemporary home for a family in Canada.
Large shifted concrete pads welcome you into the residence, transitioning internally into a polished concrete floor.
The raised concrete defines circulation, creating a path leading you into the house and back out.
The kitchen is on a raised stage-like section of this concrete pad transition, while the living space is sunken.
3 The concrete pads then step back down out to the exterior opening out on the courtyard pool.
The brief was to preserve the individual needs of family members, while preserving an open plan.
So an L-shaped plan was chosen, enabling private work spaces, while connecting all through the materials and the views.
The material palette is cool and calm.
A collection of clear and smoky glass, polished white sand concrete floors, natural concrete walls, and white metal treads for the stairs.
Spaces are defined through small level and/or material changes like this step down stone tile floor creating a bathing space.
Cool and calm colours prevail throughout.
The kitchen has evolved. No longer simply a utilitarian space located in the far corner of the house, today the kitchen takes center stage, in design and in life. It’s the place where we entertain, spend quality time with family and experiment with new culinary concoctions. We don’t want to separate it from the rest of our home. We want to show it off!
To that end, the kitchen is being reconceived in ways that might have been considered unimaginable a decade or more ago. It’s becoming a home for electronic gadgets, where we can dock our iPhones and iPads. It’s a place for creative lighting that provides atmosphere and ambiance. It’s become a space to customize, customize, customize. No more standard cabinetry. Let’s take a look at the top trends for 2016.
1.) The kitchen continues to emerge from its shell.
By now, we must sound like a broken record. Everything’s open! In a trend that still seems to be holding steady, despite the fact that it’s been around for a while, it seems that most of us still want kitchens that communicate with the rest of the house, where we can prepare dinner while watching the kids, conversing with our partners, watching TV, and generally remaining part of the household fray. Because this trend seems like it will be a keeper, designers are now designing kitchens to feel less “kitchen-y” — more streamlined, cleaner, with appliances often hidden away. All indications are that in the future, the kitchen will continue to be integrated into living areas and many of the other top trends for 2016 piggyback off that fact.
2) Cabinetry is well-lit
It’s not just about ceiling lights anymore. In the kitchen, cabinet lighting has become all-important. This ranges from LED strip lights that run underneath cabinets, lighting up the kitchen countertop to lights inside cabinets as well. Statement, pendant lights, are also part of the lighting mix, which includes a greater variety of light sources and types than ever before. Below, recessed lights, pendant lights under cabinetry and inside cabinetry combine to create a kitchen with huge flexibility and atmospheric possibilities.
And below here, an LED strip under cabinets highlights a beautiful texturized backsplash.
And below, another well-lit kitchen.
3) Sliding cabinet doors
We’re all acquainted with the advantages of slide out cabinet shelves, but what about sliding cabinet doors? More and more kitchens are incorporating these types of doors, which have a number of advantages over traditional cabinets. For one, it eliminates the banging-head syndrome which occurs when you leave doors that swing out open and forget you’ve done so. Below, a sliding chalkboard panel allows you to decide what to reveal and what to hide.
Below, in this ski house kitchen, sliding doors allow for an open shelving look in some parts of the kitchen but hides clutter in other parts.
Here, sliding wood doors lend a rough-hewn industrial look.
And below, sliding glass doors allow overhead cabinetry to function as a display space for glassware.
4) Smart kitchens
Increasingly, kitchens are incorporating designated spots for smart devices. Kitchens now often include hidden charging stations and places to store devices like phones and tablets so that they are always operable, at hand and charged. In addition, more homes are incorporating “smart” appliances — refrigerators that can tell you when it’s time to go shopping, and ovens that can be programmed to heat up when you decide.
5) Microwave drawers
People are turning to microwaves tucked under countertops to free up counterspace or the space above the stove. Advantages, according to those who have them, include the fact that you can more easily access hot dishes without risking of dropping or spilling them.
What are some other kitchen trends for 2016?
- Streamlined kitchens with a modern twist
- White and neutral gray cabinetry
- A resurgence in Shaker style cabinets
- Metal range hoods
- Colored sinks
- Mixing countertop materials
- Architectural specialty faucets