Urban ApartmentModern Kitchen, Seattle
Small but functional kitchen with windows behind open shelves to let light in. Wood cabinets bring warmth and contrast with the concrete floors.
Building design collaborators Graham Baba Architects
photos by:Tim Bies
What Houzz contributors are saying:
2. All About the ViewDesigners: John Kennedy of Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects and Jim Graham of Graham Baba Architects Location: Seattle, WashingtonSize: 500 square feet (46.5 square meters), including the dining and living spaceYear built: 2015Raw and open elements: Warm wood offsets the cool concrete floor of this penthouse apartment, which is part of a building that contains tech offices and a restaurant. “The space was designed for an urban dweller who only needs to go downstairs to the street to eat great food with friends and family or just grab a coffee and juice,” says architect John Kennedy. “This is not a kitchen for someone who cooks a lot or does much elaborate meal preparation.” Homeowners’ request: Open the kitchen to views of Seattle seen through the living room and deck, where there’s a gas fire pit that allows year-round entertaining. “Grabbing a bit of cheese and crackers and a bottle of wine to take out on the deck is easy,” Kennedy says. Plan of attack: The main priority was orienting the kitchen space and ensuring that natural light was coming in from multiple directions. “Since the kitchen is really secondary to the living room area, we located it toward the back of the room out of the way of the large sliding doors leading to the deck,” Kennedy says. The homeowner decided early on that she didn’t want an additional floor covering, such as hardwood or carpet, over the concrete. “That fits with the industrial feel of the whole building,” Kennedy says. Wood cabinets and light-colored walls offset the concrete and add warmth. Floating the lower cabinets helped make the space feel larger.Why the design works: “This is a very minimal-feeling space that is all about living in the city,” Kennedy says. “Even though the client spends a lot of time away from her apartment, you never want someone to feel that their home is cramped and cluttered. Keeping a minimal color and material palette helps make the space feel more open and larger than it really is. Open shelves instead of cabinets also gives the impression that the space is larger since there is no large mass at eye level. It also helps that the window ended up behind the shelves and you are looking through the storage shelf to the outside.”