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

Open concept kitchen - mid-sized modern l-shaped concrete floor open concept kitchen idea in Seattle with a single-bowl sink, flat-panel cabinets, light wood cabinets, quartz countertops, white backsplash, stainless steel appliances and no island —  Houzz
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marblecreek wrote:Nov 4, 2015
akm333 wrote:Oct 25, 2015
  • Pablo Bernal
    Is this particular sink in the photo flush-mounted? Any issues with water seepage in between? Any advice for how best to seal in such an application to prevent leakage at the flush interface?
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    Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects

    Hi- thanks for your question. The sink is flush mounted and there are no known leaks. Please refer to the installation guide for best practices to prevent leaks.

H Fortier wrote:Nov 18, 2015
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    Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects

    Hi- thanks for the question. The floating shelves are custom made. I believe the metal suspension hardware was fabricated by 12th Ave Iron here in Seattle.

Maria Roozen-Roach wrote:Oct 28, 2015

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Mitchell Parker added this to New This Week: 4 Kitchens That Embrace Openness and Raw MaterialsOct 22, 2015

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.”

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designs4bend added this to 2020 SODSep 24, 2019

hanging shelves in front of window

pujakshaw added this to KitchensSep 21, 2019

hanging shelving for dining room. cabinets

Kenneth added this to Midcentury IdeasSep 1, 2019

Interesting placement of floating shelving in front of window. Place glass here?

Southeast Studios Inc. added this to Outbuildings Sheds & ADUsAug 14, 2019

see-through hanging shelf to allow storage and light

Gracey Cochram added this to My ideasAug 9, 2019

THIS! White shelves of course but I love the hardware

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